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Police searching for Shockoe Slip armed robbery suspects

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Police say a man was robbed at gunpoint while walking to his car from a hookah bar in the 100 block of Virginia Street.

The robbery happened just after midnight – about a block away on East Cary Street and the two robbers haven't been caught.

Shockoe Slip residents try to keep safe - especially a night.

"Try to walk with some friends or just kind of look around if anyone suspicious is behind me. But mostly kind of walk fast," said Ann Gruzynska.

It's hard to tell if the victim was being followed.

"I know that they're a lot of craziness that goes on there, so I bet it's easy target for people that come out inebriated," said area resident, Michael Reimer.

Police say the victim was walking to his car when two men confronted him, one had a gun and they told him to give up his possessions.

The crooks made off with a cell phone and a wallet.

"It does scare me but I think everyone from Richmond knows that you always have to be a little extra careful," said Gruzynska.

Keeping safe - it's what businesses want as well. Off the Hookah management said they employee three off-duty officers and offer valet services so patrons don't have to walk late at night.

They also released in a statement: "Downtown Richmond has so much to offer and is a safe area; all of the businesses work very hard to keep it that way."

Police are working on getting some positive identification on these crooks - but in the meantime, if you know anything that can help, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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