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Police search for suspects in similar violent robberies in 2 south St. Louis neighborhoods

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - Since January 8, there have been two incidents in which victims who were walking down the street were robbed and beaten in two different south St. Louis neighborhoods, police say. 

According to authorities, the first incident was on January 8, close to 11:30 p.m. along Chippewa Street, not far from Kingshighway. The second incident occurred on January 13 around 11 p.m., almost two miles away on Chippewa St. and S. Compton Avenue.

Police say in each case, three men pulled up in a vehicle and robbed and attacked the victim. 

On January 8, the victim was walking to work around 11:30 p.m, according to police. Three men in a vehicle pulled up and a gunman got out. The suspect robbed the victim and hit him in the face with the gun. 

According to police, the suspects are described as two black men and one Hispanic man between 20-30 years old.

Carlos Cotton, business owner, says the attack happened a block away from his store. Cotton says police have a busy and dangerous job and cannot be everywhere. Cotton says he is calling on the community to step up and make a difference to keep down the crime.

On January 13, police say the victim was pushed to the ground in Dutchtown. Three suspects stole his cell phone and rummaged through his pockets. A witness says he was punched and kicked in the head and badly beaten. The suspects fled west on Chippewa St. in a black SUV.

Police say the suspects are listed as three black males in their late teens, wearing black hooded sweatshirts.

Tony Turner's fiancé owns a laundry mat, Coin Laundry, and says the attack happened right in front of the business. Turner says the neighborhood needs cameras on the streets. 

"Let's all clean this neighborhood up. All lives matter, ain't just African Americans. Everybody got a say in City of St. Louis and we all citizens of this City," said Turner.

 Police would like to hear from anyone with information on either one of the robberies. 

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