GPD investigating two timely robberies


Published: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.

Gainesville police are investigating two robberies that occurred within 30 minutes of each other Saturday morning.

The first incident took place at about 11:06 a.m. in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank at 6301 W. Newberry Road.

A woman told police that she withdrew money from the bank's ATM and then walked back to her car.

A black, two-door Honda Civic was parked next to her car, with the driver's door positioned directly beside her driver's door. As she entered her car, the Honda's window rolled down. The driver of the vehicle pointed a handgun at her and demanded she hand over her money. The gun was either chrome or silver, the woman told police.

The woman quickly got into her car, drove away and called the police. She identified the license number of the suspect's vehicle, which police determined was stolen out of Putnam County.

Police released a description of the armed man as a black male in his early 20s. He had a skinny build. He wore dark jeans, a black shirt and a Russian-style hat with fur on the sides. He spoke with an accent that may have been Haitian, according to a police report.

About 28 minutes later, a suspect with a similar description approached an open apartment door on Northwest 18th Street. He was carrying a chrome or silver handgun, the report said.

The two people in the apartment told police that the man walked into the apartment and demanded they hand over their wallets and cell phones. After they handed them over, the suspect forced one of the inhabitants to walk to his vehicle and hand over the backpack that was inside, the report said.

The suspect ordered the two people to go back inside and not to call the police. Neither person saw the suspect leave the scene.

Gainesville police are still investigating these cases, and neither suspect has yet been identified. Officers are increasing patrols in both areas, according to a statement from GPD.

To report information concerning either incident, call GPD detectives at 393-7670.

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