Police believe the same person may have been responsible for two armed robberies in South Richmond in less than 20 minutes Thursday night. At least one shot was fired in one of the robberies, but no one was injured.
Richmond police Lt. Jason B. Hudson said the first robbery was reported at 9:20 p.m. in the 300 block of West Roanoke Street, where the victim told police he was confronted by a man who first asked for a cigarette, then produced a handgun and demanded money. The victim complied and the robber fled on foot, Hudson said.
Nineteen minutes later and a few blocks northwest of that crime scene, a man walking in the 4000 block of Dunston Avenue was confronted by a man with a handgun who demanded money, Hudson said. The victim complied and the suspect fled on foot, Hudson said.
He said at least one shot was fired during the robbery, but no one was struck.
Hudson said that in both cases, the suspect was described as a black man between his mid 20s and early 30s, wearing a white shirt and white shorts and with his hair in corn rows.