Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Two armed robberies reportedly occurred overnight near East Carolina University’s campus, one a Tuesday night home invasion and the other about five hours later and one mile away.
Victims in each incident described three suspects, but it was not clear if the crimes were connected.
Three armed men entered an apartment in Cypress Gardens Apartments off of East 10th Street, about 11:15 p.m., according to an ECU alert.
Four people were inside the apartment and reported the men pointed handguns at them, proceeded to take various items and cash from the residence and fled in an older model black Lexus vehicle. It was not clear if the victims are students, and no injuries were reported.
The first suspect is described as a black man in his early 20s, weighing 170 to 180 pounds and about 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing all dark clothing and armed with a semi-auto handgun, the alert said.
A second man is black with dark skin, had a goatee and a thin build, is in his mid-to-late 20s, stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall, was wearing khaki pants and a black hoodie and was armed with a small handgun.
The third suspect is a black man with light skin, in his early 20s, standing about 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds. He was wearing khaki pants and a red and black ball cap and was armed with a knife.
Greenville police also are searching for three men in a separate incident that occurred about 4:05 a.m. Wednesday off of Fifth Street.
A person walking on Fifth near Rotary Street reported he was robbed by three men of money. It was not clear from a separate ECU alert if the victim is a student. No injuries were reported.
The suspects were described as black men in their early 20s wearing black bandanas. One had a stocky and muscular build and was wearing dark clothing and a gray sweatshirt and was armed with a silver revolver. A second man wore a black sweatshirt, and the third suspect wore a black T-shirt.
The suspects reportedly ran from the scene in an unknown direction of travel, the alert said.
In the alerts, ECU reminded students, staff and faculty to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious persons and behavior to law enforcement.
Anyone with information about either case is asked to call the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-4315 or Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers at 252-758-7777.
via The Daily Reflector.