South St. Louis neighborhood targeted in armed robberies by same -

South St. Louis neighborhood targeted in armed robberies by same suspect, police say

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS ( – Police say they are trying to track down a suspect connected to at least two armed robberies in south St. Louis.

According to police, a thief struck twice within a matter of minutes, even firing a shot during one of the robberies.

Officials say the thief targeted people getting in and out of their cars just before 10 p.m. in the Carondelet neighborhood on February 20.

Karen Carpenter lives in the Carondelet neighborhood and says she saw and heard some unusual activity.

“You could hear somebody yelling and within five minutes. There were like four of the SUV police officers pull up and I saw officers get out and start talking to people,” said Carpenter.

Police say on Michigan Avenue near Blow Street, a man and a woman were leaving a trivia night at the Spanish Society. Both were then held up at gunpoint while walking to their car.

The crook fired one shot, but no one was hit according to police. The crook then got away with a purse, cell phone, and wallet. The suspect also made the woman give up her wedding ring.

Just minutes before that robbery, police say the same suspect held up a woman a block away on Minnesota Avenue after getting out of her car.

Police say they are looking for a blue Ford Fusion or Taurus used in both crimes.

The suspect is described by police as a black man, wearing a dark baseball cap.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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