Two weekend armed robberies seemingly related

Monday, December 19, 2011 | 5:26 p.m. CST; updated 8:50 p.m. CST, Monday, December 19, 2011

COLUMBIA —  Two armed robberies that took place during the weekend are likely connected, Columbia police said.

"The suspect descriptions were very similar, and the locations were quite close in proximity, so we believe they may be related," Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Jill Schlude said.

At about 7 p.m. Saturday, a man approached a pizza delivery driver who had walked out of a home on Jewell Avenue, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. The man had a gun in his hand and demanded money from the driver. After he took an undisclosed amount of money from the delivery driver, he headed north on his bicycle, the release stated.

The second robbery happened at McBaine Avenue around 11 p.m. The victim was attacked in his driveway, Schlude said. According to the news release, the man had a gun and demanded money from a resident. Without getting any money, the man ran from the scene.

McBaine Avenue is about a half-mile from Jewell Avenue.

Police responded to both robberies, according to the release. At the second robbery, police set up a perimeter and used a police dog to try to find the suspect.

Neither victim was injured, according to the release.

Around 11:30 p.m., the police stopped a person on Bryant Street who fit the suspect descriptions, Schlude said. The person was not the robbery suspect, but was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting lawful arrest or detention.

The case is still under investigation.

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