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Three armed gunmen rob man of car, shoes in Shockoe Bottom

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond police are continuing their search for three suspects who held a man at gunpoint in Shockoe Bottom.

Investigators say the robbers stripped the victim of nearly everything he had; a few dollars, his car and even his tennis shoes.

When the man got out of his car in a parking lot near 15th and Cary streets around midnight, a trio of men wearing all black approached him. The suspects flashed silver and black guns, demanding all of the man's valuables. He ran to the nearby Buffalo Wild Wings, where employees say he asked for help.

"He just looked really bummed out," said bartender Zach Fendley. Fendley says employees loaned the victim a phone to call for help.

Detectives found the stolen Chevy Malibu, still drivable. So far this year, police report that this is the fourth armed robbery and second car theft in Shockoe Bottom. Last year, there were 14 robberies altogether, eight of them were armed, in the neighborhood. There were a total of ten car thefts.

The hold-up is making some people who frequent the area, extra aware.

"You have to be on-guard, especially late at night. As a female, you're always watching your surroundings," said Gabrielle Pentalow, while walking with a friend.

"I might not park here during the night again. I might just have to come during the day," said Erin Grubb, who often parks in Shockoe Bottom over night, near where the robbery happened.

However, others say they won't be deterred by criminals.

"I think people are going to do what they're going to do. Sometimes you can put all the right things in place, and bad things still happen," said Joshua Aho, who often frequents the area.

Police haven't pinned down an exact description of the suspects.

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