Hitchhikers rob drivers in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -- People simply trying to do a good deed end up getting robbed at gunpoint. It happened twice in the past week in the same Chesterfield neighborhood.

The first crime happened along Glenhaven Court in the middle of the day. The second crime happened on Sunday night, on Pleasantview Road. Both locations are in Chesterfield's Smoketree neighborhood.

The Smoketree neighborhood -- lined with kids everywhere -- is in shock tonight.

"It's kind of unbelievable. In our society today, I'm not sure you are safe anywhere," said neighbor Keith Daniels.

Chesterfield Police say it was last Monday -- around 2 PM -- when the first robbery went down. We've learned two guys asked for a ride to Glenhaven Court. When the victim took them to that location, one of the suspects put a gun against the drivers back and robbed him.

Then, nearly a week later, police think the same person hit again. This time, hitching a ride from the 7-11 in Eastern Chesterfield near Belmont Road and Chippenham Parkway, all the way to Pleasantview Road. The suspect then pulled out a handgun and robbed the female driver.

Neighbor Debi Blackburn is now heading home to warn her two daughters about the violence. "God knows whatever they do, do not pick up anybody, even if they look like a desperate person."

What's even scarier for people living in the area is not just that these crimes happened only a few blocks apart. But, also, these crimes happened just steps away from an elementary school and a high school.

Debi thinks the people responsible for it all live right in her neighborhood. "I don't think they'd ask to be dropped off at midnight if they weren't from around this area. That's even scarier."

"I'm just telling you, if you come around my house at night, you might have a problem," adds Keith.

We're told neither of the victims were hurt during the robberies. Police are looking into some leads and also working on putting together a suspect description.

If you know anything, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.