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Witnesses being interviewed in most recent VCU armed robbery


Right now witnesses are being interviewed by Richmond Police about the latest armed robbery near VCU.

Officers say two arrests have been made, but they may still be looking for the third suspect.

It happened in a neighborhood behind the Siegel Center on W. Marshall Street and Harrison Street.

Many people who live here are VCU students, who say they're not too worried about their safety, but agree this crime seemed more violent.

It happened right outside Nolan Gray's home.  "I saw the lights and I looked outside and there were three cop cars right here at this block and within a couple seconds later I got the VCU Alert saying there's a robbery," he said.

In the alert that Gray received, it said the three suspects held two men at gunpoint, shoved them onto the ground  and stole the victim's belongings. 

A short time later, VCU posted that officers had captured two suspects, but not the third.

"I was slightly frightened because it could have easily been me walking home from class," he said.

It's the first alert of the year, but it doesn't surprise some students.

"It really didn't bother me that much," says Jennifer Aranyi, a VCU senior.

"It really wasn't too much of a surprise considering where I live, says Preston Thompson, a VCU sophomore.

For Thompson, while he sees police on patrol he says the neighborhood needs more emergency phones.  The closest one is down the street near the Siegel Center.

"I think they're very important especially if they want to keep admissions rolling in like people don't want to come to a campus they feel is unsafe," he said.

These students say since last semester they've seen an increase with police in this area.  That's keeping with a promise made by the VCU police chief to be more visible in areas around campus.

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