Columbia police respond to armed robbery at Aspen Heights

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | 10:12 p.m. CST; updated 11:30 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 11, 2013

COLUMBIA — Columbia police were investigating a report of an armed robbery at Aspen Heights on Tuesday evening.

Police were dispatched to Aspen Heights at 6:21 p.m. in response to the report, according to a Police Department news release.

A 21-year-old woman was walking her dog in front of her residence in the 3600 block of Aspen Heights Parkway when a man approached and pointed a gun at her, the woman told police.

The man forced the woman to return to her residence and demanded money from her and a second woman, also 21. After receiving an undisclosed sum of money, the man fled on foot. Neither woman was injured.

Police tried unsuccessfully to track the suspect using dogs.

The women described the robber as a black male in his late teens to early 20s, thin and about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with short, braided hair and a gap in his front teeth. He wore a black puffy coat, a gray sweatshirt, dark pants and white shoes, the victims said.

After the incident, police cars blocked off both entrances to the complex, and other police cars lined adjacent streets, resident and MU student Krenar Zhubi said.

Zhubi, who has lived at Aspen Heights since the beginning of the semester, said he and a friend returned from dinner to the complex about 6:45 p.m.

"Total, there were probably at least eight cop cars," Zhubi said. "I'd say there might be more."

An Aspen Heights representative said in an email that the complex is working with police and will provide additional information as it becomes available. Residents are encouraged to contact police at 874-7652 if they have any information about the incident.

Aspen Heights, which is a few miles south of MU, fully opened earlier this semester. Since then, several crimes have occurred there, including an armed robbery in August, shots fired at a party in October and a rape last month.

Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.

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