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Suspects rob two women sitting on porch in The Fan

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Some Fan residents are concerned about their safety after gun-wielding suspects robbed two women, who were just sitting on a porch.  The robbers struck early Tuesday morning on North Meadow Street between West Main Street and Floyd Avenue in The Fan.

People who live there are now wondering what else they can do to protect themselves in places they're supposed to be safe, like their own porches. This, as police are still looking for the two suspects, who went out of their way to shield their identities.

Alex Ireys had a strong reaction to the news as he came back to his North Meadow Street home Tuesday.

"What," he exclaimed. "Are you kidding me?!"

Around 2:30am, his roommate and a friend were sitting on their porch when two men with towels wrapped around their heads, showed a gun and robbed them.

"I didn't ever think that would happen," Ireys said.

Richmond Police say the robbers got away with a purse and backpack. The victims then woke up third roommate, Emmett Fleming, in a panic. He recalled the frightening tale.

"They said 'We were just mugged. They took everything,'" he described. "They said 'Give us everything.' They said it twice.  'Give us everything. Give us everything.'"

The people we talked to describe the suspects as bold. Not only did they come up off the sidewalk onto somebody's porch, but they did it at a house where the third police precinct is only a few blocks away.

"We've heard of muggings and robberies and assaults but I always expected it to be back alley type of stuff, late night coming home, never two guys with towels on their heads running up on my porch," Ireys added.

Fan District Association Safety Committee Chairman Charlie Diradour says after this incident, a crime alert is necessary. An email was sent out late Tuesday.

"There are consequences to living in the urban core," Diradour explained. "They may not be right. They may not be expected. They may not be what you wanted but they are the possible consequences.  So it is up to all of us to be aware of our surroundings at all times."

Diradour says The Fan usually sees these kinds of crime in September and October, along with April and May.

If you know anything that can help police, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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