ST. LOUIS, Missouri (KMOV) -- St. Louis police are on the lookout for a robbery suspect who held up two people Wednesday night near Washington University.
The robberies were in a neighborhood filled with younger residents. Many of them are Washington University students.
Authorities said a 26-year-old man reported that they were robbed in the 6000 block of Pershing Avenue around 11:30 p.m.
According to police, the suspect stole his laptop and Kindle.
Moments later, a 22-year-old victim said someone stole his laptop and iPhone on the same block.
Police say the robber had a handgun. He was described to police as a black male in his 20’s with long dreadlocks. He was wearing a black t-shirt with writing and dark “skinny” jeans. He was last seen running west on Pershing Avenue toward the Washington University campus.
Washington University student Kelly Moore said it wasn’t the crime itself that surprised her, but the way it happened.
“We always ride bikes home at night, because we feel that’s safer than walking. It’s kind of scary that now we can’t even do that,” said Moore.
Moore said she’s already had one bike stolen from her porch. She may now start driving to class.
“This is the bad area, so I still have to like walk in from my car,” Moore said. “And worry about someone stealing my car.”
Police claim crime is down 16 percent in the area from a year ago. They report only five robberies in the area since the first of the year.
Anyone with on information on the robbery is asked to call the St. Louis Police Department.
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