COLUMBIA — Police are searching for three suspects in a robbery Sunday evening at Forest Village Apartments.
Columbia police were sent around 7:30 p.m. to investigate a reported robbery at either Fireside or Forest Village Apartments, Columbia Police Public Information Officer Jessie Haden said. The Police Department received updated information from a male witness on arrival, confirming the robbery had taken place at Forest Village Apartments, 3001 S. Providence Road, Haden said.
A 23-year-old woman told police she had just parked her vehicle and was walking to her apartment when a man holding a long gun approached her and demanded her purse. She gave him the purse and then a second man, carrying a handgun, joined the man who had taken her purse.
The two armed men were joined by a third man before they fled the scene together, Haden said.
A male witness identified the vehicle the suspects had been in before the robbery.
The police towed and impounded the vehicle to search it for evidence, Haden said. A Boone County K-9 unit assisted the search for the suspects but could not find the path they had taken from the scene.
Haden said the police would not release information on the impounded vehicle this early in the investigation. The police have "good leads on the suspects" and expect to solve the crime soon, Haden said.