Sacto 9-1-1
July 22, 2013
Rash of midtown armed robberies has police on alert

Sacramento police are investigating four armed robberies one attempted robbery on midtown streets over the weekend.

Police have taken steps to saturate the midtown with officers since the rash of stickups.

There did not appear to be any similar holdups overnight. Detectives are investigating the crimes today.

Police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante reminded citizens to be aware of their surroundings when out and about and to frequent well-lit areas.

The initial holdups occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday. In the first robbery, two men between 5 feet 4 and 5 feet 8 inches tall approached a group of people near 27th and E streets.

One of the robbers had a handgun. Money and property was stolen from the group.

Two men matching the same description five minutes later reportedly approached a man and woman in the 600 block of 26th Street. One of the robbers had a handgun. Cash was taken.

Early on Sunday morning, three more armed encounters in midtown were reported, also in fairly rapid succession. The first occurred at 3 a.m., on 17th Street between N and P streets. A man was walking along the street when he was confronted by two robbers.

The citizen handed over his backpack at gunpoint and one of the robbers patted town the victim, taking what he had in his pockets.

The second occurred at about 3:10 a.m. at 18th and O streets where a citizen was outside waiting for a ride.

Two men came up from behind, one brandishing a handgun. The victim was robbed and the suspects fled.

A third person was accosted Sunday morning in the 1800 block of 19th Street about 3:35 a.m. A man was approached by two robbers who ran at him, demanding his wallet.

One of the thieves had a silver revolver. Not willing to turn over his possessions, the man ran away from the robbers.

In all three Sunday confrontations, the robbers were described as men, ranging in age from 18-21, and wearing hooded sweatshirts. The colors of the sweatshirts were variously described as burgundy, black, gray and red.

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