Police investigate multiple armed robberies

Sunday, July 14, 2013 | 5:55 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The police were seeking two men in connection to a string of armed robberies that happened shortly after midnight in a neighborhood near Twin Lakes Recreation Area, according to a release from Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Officer Latisha Stroer.

At 12:33 a.m. Sunday, Columbia police were dispatched to the 3600 block of Grant Court in reference to an armed robbery, Stroer said Sunday afternoon. The police interviewed the victim, who said he was unloading his vehicle when two black males entered the open garage and pointed a handgun at him, before stealing items and fleeing the scene on foot, Stroer said.

While investigating at the Grant Court scene, police were dispatched at 12:38 a.m. to the 3500 block of Teakwood Court, just three blocks north of Grant Court, for a robbery with shots fired. Stroer said the male victim was standing outside of his residence when he was approached by a black male, who pointed a handgun at him and demanded property. The victim also noticed another black male standing across the street.

The victim at the second residence went into his home and retrieved a firearm before returning outside where he was shot at by the suspect. The victim returned fire at the suspect, who returned fire once more before fleeing the scene on foot. A K-9 track of the suspects was unsuccessful, Stroer said.

While police were investigating the incident at Teakwood Court, a third victim approached them and said his home in the 3400 block of Teakwood Court had also been burglarized, Stroer said. The victim said he had returned home at 12:20 a.m. and left his backpack inside his garage before going inside, leaving the garage open. After hearing nearby gunshots, he went outside and discovered that his backpack was gone. 

Stroer said the suspect descriptions of the Teakwood Court shots fired robbery matched those of the Grant Court robbery. The investigation was still ongoing Sunday evening.

Police described the first suspect as a black male, 5'10" to 6'2", weighing 175 to 190 pounds and last seen wearing white clothing and a bandana over his face. The second suspect was described as a black male, 5'10" to 6'2", weighing 175 to 190 pounds and last seen wearing dark clothing and a bandana over his face.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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