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St. Louis police search for suspects who robbed South City woman

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Toenges Ave in Boulevard Heights neighborhood Toenges Ave in Boulevard Heights neighborhood

SOUTH ST. LOUIS ( – Police are looking for two men who allegedly robbed a 49-year-old woman at gunpoint in the Boulevard Heights neighborhood in South St. Louis.

The robbery happened at Toenges Avenue on December 13. Police say shortly before 7 a.m., the woman was walking to her parked car in front of her house, when two men got out of a silver Honda Civic and approached her.

One of the men had a gun and demanded her purse. The victim gave up her purse and the men went through her car, stealing another bag before driving off.

“It's disconcerting to say the least. I don't know what the answer is,” said Charles Marvin who lives on Toenges Ave. “I hate to see this neighborhood change and it's starting to change dramatically.”

Marvin served on the City of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department force for 36 years. He has been tracking the crime in his neighborhood and the adjacent Holly Hills neighborhood closely. The latest crime numbers through November 2015 show drastic increases in robberies in both neighborhoods.

In 2014, Boulevard Heights had four robberies. In 2015, there have been eight robberies. Holly Hills had three robberies in 2014 and 11 robberies in 2015.

“We just don't see police cars pass through the neighborhood and I understand the reason why, financial reasons, stuff like that, but it's having an impact on us and I don't like to see that either,” said Marvin.

The woman was not hurt during the robbery. Police are still investigating the incident.

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