Gunmen target neighbors at West End apartment, one man pistol whipped

Gunmen target neighbors at West End apartment, one man pistol whipped

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A West End apartment complex is offering a reward for tips to catch the suspects behind an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery just hours apart. Police say one victim was even pistol whipped. It happened at the Kings Crossing Apartment Complex off Gaskins Road.

A neighbor told police a group of men held her at gunpoint, asking for all her money. Ironically, just two hours earlier, the same thing happened to a man visiting the complex. When he didn't have the cash, the would-be robbers became aggressive.

In the quiet community just off Gaskins Road and Patterson Avenue, there's a similar reaction from multiple neighbors at Kings Crossing. "Here?" one neighbor questioned with a stunned look. "This was here? Great. I had no idea," Janine Kilburn added.

Neighbors were on edge after hearing the news. On Friday night at 8 p.m., the first victim told police three men with guns demanded money. He didn't have any, but he handed over his empty wallet anyway. Police said one of the thieves then hit the man with his gun before all of them took off.

"I don't carry cash. If someone were to hold me up, I wouldn't have anything either. That's frightening," Kilburn added.

Just hours later, police were back on the scene. This time, a woman told police two men approached her with guns in hand. They demanded her cash, which she handed over just before the robbers ran away.

"They need to tell us when things happen," neighbor Donna Matlock said.

"I'm going to talk to the leasing office about this and let them know they need to put out a statement or something to at least let neighbors know to be a little more vigilant," Kilburn said.

On Monday, a manager said the office waited more than two days to alert neighbors because they wanted to make sure they had all of the facts from Henrico police. Now King's Crossing is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

"I'll probably walk with my boyfriend or something at night," a neighbor said after hearing the news.

In each incident, the thieves are believed to be anywhere from 18 to 25 years old, but no word if the same people are behind the crimes.

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