COLUMBIA — Four armed robberies occurred on Tuesday, each targeting men between the ages of 21 and 24.

The robberies occurred between 12:55 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. Personal items were stolen each time. No injuries were reported.

The robberies prompted a joint press conference by Columbia Assistant Police Chief Jeremiah Hunter and MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley on Wednesday afternoon in the City Council Chambers at city hall. Police did not allow questions at the end of the press conference.

"We understand that some of the victims are current or former students," Foley said, "and we have already reached out, or are reaching out to them via the appropriate channels to offer them our support."

Hunter asked for any tips about the robberies to be directed to 875-8477. No arrests have been made. 

The Columbia Police Department did not release enough identifying characteristics of the suspects to report, per Missourian guidelines. 

Foley said he has been working closely with the Columbia Police Department to support their investigation.

A Columbia Police Department press release gave brief descriptions of each reported robbery.

The first occurred just before 1 a.m. in the alley behind Gunter Hans, a restaurant on Hitt Street. The second occurred around 1:30 a.m. at the 2900 block of Old Hwy 63 South. Just before 11 p.m. police investigated a robbery at the intersection of Locust and Waugh streets. At 11:45 p.m. the final reported robbery occurred at the 1300 block of Wilkes Boulevard.

On Wednesday, Foley also sent an email to the campus with links to different safety documents, after the MU Police Department emailed a Clery Release.

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