Duluth Police Seek Suspects in Halloween Robberies
Posted at: 11/01/2013 4:25 PM
| Updated at: 11/01/2013 4:28 PM
Duluth police are searching for three suspects following two robberies Thursday night.
Police responded to a report of a robbery on 12th Avenue East and 1st Street just before 11 p.m.
A male victim was walking in the area when he was approached by two black makes and a female, according to a news release. It said one of the males punched the victim and took his glasses, cell phone and wallet. He is described as wearing a stocking cap.
The victim was brought to St. Luke’s Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
About five minutes after the first call, police responded to a second robbery call about a block away at 12th Avenue East and 2nd Street.
Police said a male victim reported being approached by two black males in an alley who asked for cigarettes. They said when the victim told them he didn’t smoke, the men punched the victim and stole his laptop, wallet and iPhone.
He was not taken to the hospital, according to police.
The suspects in the second robbery are described as black males. Police said one was wearing a dark jacket and the other was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a blue or black bandana.
In response to these robberies, Duluth police have some street safety tips:
- If possible, don't walk alone during late-night hours
- Walk in groups whenever you can
- Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible
- Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible
- Walk close to the curb, avoiding doorways, bushes, and other potential hiding places
- Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace
- Don't stop to talk to strangers
- Report any suspicious activity or person immediately to 9-1-1
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash, or displaying expensive jewelry in public
If someone tries to rob you, police say:
- Don't resist
- Give up your property
- Report the crime to the police
- Try to describe the suspect accurately
The department has increased patrols in the areas where the robberies have occurred and investigators are following up on several leads. They said overall robberies in Duluth are down 33% since this same time last year.