Two women held up at gunpoint in separate robberies


Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:25 p.m.

Gainesville police were involved in an active manhunt Friday evening for two men suspected of being a part of two armed robberies within blocks of each other near the University of Florida campus.

At 4:12 p.m. on Friday, the Gainesville Police Department received a 911 call from a resident who witnessed an apparent armed robbery at Southwest Ninth Street and Eighth Avenue, according to a media release issued by the GPD early Friday evening.

While GPD units were investigating the robbery and searching for a suspect, a second armed robbery was reported at 4:23 p.m. at 920 SW Sixth Street, the statement said.

In both incidents, the armed suspect approached females and stole their purses at gunpoint, police said. GPD units flooded the area, established a perimeter and tracked the area with a K9, but were unable to locate a suspect, police said.

A male suspect is believed to be responsible for both robberies. He is described as black, 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt, dark long pants, sunglasses and he was wearing rosary-style beads.

A black handgun was used in each robbery, police said. The man was last seen fleeing in a southeast direction from 920 SW Sixth St.

A white male was also present in the first incident, police said, but his involvement is unclear, authorities said. He is described as 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds with brown “buzz-cut” hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and carrying a pink backpack, police said. He was last seen riding a bicycle north from the area of 900 SW Sixth St.

There were no injuries reported in either incident.

GPD is urging anyone with information to call 955-1818 or text a tip by texting the keyword “GPDFL” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES)

Due to the proximity of the robberies to the University of Florida campus, University of Florida police issued an alert just after the robberies took place. The alert system is used notify registered users of significant emergencies or dangerous situations that pose a potential threat to the campus community.

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