Richmond Police are investigating three robberies in about three hours, all within about a mile of each other.
Sources say it is hard to say these three incidents are not connected, but they can't confirm 100 percent that the same three people are responsible just yet.
A woman walking near 26th and East Franklin Streets had some scary moments just before 10:30pm Thursday night. She came face to face with three masked men and their weapons, including a shotgun. One of them even pushed the barrel of that shotgun into her torso.
Then at 12:25am, a man was walking home through Chimborazo Park when two men robbed him. He told police at least one of them was armed.
The last incident happened in a parking lot in the 1900 block of East Franklin Street around 12:45am. Police say the victims were robbed by three men. Two of them had guns.
The news is striking fear in the hearts of people in Shockoe Bottom and Church Hill. Vinnie Gonzalez couldn't believe it.
"It's a little shocking to find out that it's actually happening so close to where I live and where I work," he said.
It's not just fear. Gonzalez is taking the masks, shotgun and invasion of personal space, personally.
"That seems very ridiculous," he exclaimed. "You know if that happened to my girlfriend, I would be extremely upset. I would feel rage. I think it's vile that someone would do something like that."
Police maintain they're on the case. Detectives are investigating connections considering the suspect descriptions, proximity and timing of the robberies, but that's not all they're doing.
"We've got specialized units we're putting over there, increased the patrols in the area and make sure that our patrol officers that are typically there spend more time in that area, as well," Sgt. Ethan Rhodenizer explained.
Police also say they're looking to see if any of the incidents were caught on surveillance cameras already posted in the areas.
They received calls all day Friday about possible suspect sightings. If you have information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
Copyright 2013 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.
WWBT-TV NBC 12
P.O. Box 12
On Your Side
Video and Pics