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5 armed robberies of pedestrians in Midtown over the weekend

Sacramento Police are reportedly increasing patrols in Midtown and are searching for two suspects who may have been behind a rash of early morning armed robberies of pedestrians over the weekend.

The five separate incidents alarmed residents, who experienced a wave of similar crimes in December.

“I am certainly troubled that once again my neighbors that are coming home after an evening out are are being victimized by armed robbers, “ said Julie Murphy, co-chair of The Marshall Park Neighborhood Association, in an interview Sunday. “I appreciate that the police have a lot of challenges but I’m hoping that this is an isolated incident and that they’ll quickly catch the perpetrators.”

Two of the robberies occurred early Saturday morning and another three occurred early Sunday morning. All five incidents, as well as another on 8th Avenue in Oak Park, involved two suspects, according to the Sacramento Police Daily Activity Log.

Police suspect that the two incidents that occurred early Saturday within minutes of each other – one on 27th St and E at 12:53 and another on the 600 block of 26th at 12:58 – may be connected, according to the logs.

According to the Facebook page of the Boulevard Park Neighborhood Association, police suspect that all five incidents may be connected and plan to add extra patrols to the area.

Here are the incident reports direct from the logs:

Saturday Morning

27th St and E St, 12: 53 a.m. 

A group of subjects were approached by two suspects at which time one of the suspects produced a handgun. Money and property were stolen from the group and no injuries were reported. The two suspects were described as black males approximately 5’4” and 5’8” tall who fled the area on foot.

600 block of 26th St,12:58 a.m. 

A male and female were approached by similar suspects to a previous report of a robbery (see above). One of the suspects produced what appeared to be a handgun and cash was taken. No injuries were reported and these two incidents appeared to be related.

Sunday Morning

18th St and O St, 3:10 a.m

A victim was outside waiting for a ride and two suspects came up from behind, one brandished a gun and robbed the victim of his property. The suspects then fled. One suspect was described as a black male, 18, armed with a gun and wearing a burgundy hooded sweatshirt. The second was described as a black male 18 wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

1600 block of P St, 3:25 a.m. 

A victim was walking south bound on 17th St and was confronted by two suspects that were walking north on 17 St. One suspect pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s property. The victim handed over his backpack and the suspect then patted down the victim and took what was in his pockets. One suspect was described as a black male 18-21, gray hooded sweatshirt armed with a handgun. The second suspect was described as a black male wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

1800 block of 19th St, 3:35 a.m. (Safeway) 

The victim was approached by the suspects who were running toward him demanding his wallet. One of the suspects was holding a silver revolver. The victim ran from the suspects. The suspects did not get any property and took off running as well. One suspect was described as black male 18-19, red hooded sweatshirt with a handgun. The second suspect was described as a black male adult wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Both had dark pants.

42nd St and 8th Ave, 4:29 a.m. (Oak Park) 

A victim was walking and was approached by an unknown subject. She walked with that subject for a while then realized that there was another subject behind her. One of the subjects tugged on her purse and money fell. She attempted to recover her cash, but the suspect took the money then attempted to spray her with pepper spray. The victim was not sprayed and uninjured, but the suspects fled with the cash. One suspect was described as a black male, 18, 5’11”, brown braids, wearing a white t-shirt, skinny jeans and a gold chain. The second suspect was described as an 18-year-old black male, dark skin, 5’8″, brown hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with red writing.

A series of armed robberies of pedestrians hit Midtown in December, but seemed to lessen after police arrested a group of suspects on Dec. 22.

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