Update: Nov. 8 robbery pattern included three incidents east of Lake Calhoun

Three separate robberies of women occurred within about 20 minutes Nov. 8 in an area east of Lake Calhoun.

Police said a woman parked her car at 9:40 p.m. and walked across the street at 34th & Harriet when a man approached her, displayed a gun, and demanded her cell phone. She handed over the phone and the suspect fled. The suspect is described as a black male, 5’8″ – 5’10”, medium build, 20-25 years old, with a mask over his lower face.

At 32nd & Bryant at about 10 p.m., two women were walking on 32nd Street when they saw two men exit a vehicle. Police said the suspects hit one woman and took her belongings, and hit the other woman as she struggled to keep her purse. The suspects were described as two black men, 5’6″ – 6′, light builds, 25-30 years old, dark complexions, and one with cornrows.

Police also reported that a woman was walking her dog shortly before 10 p.m. on the 3300 block of Holmes Avenue South when a suspect approached her from behind, grabbed her by the shoulder and demanded that she give him everything she had.

“She replied that she didn’t have anything, he demanded again and she gave the same response,” police said in a statement. “Then the suspect pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the victim and repeated the demand. The victim screamed for help and the suspect ran in the direction of 33rd and Humboldt.”

The suspect is described as a “soft-spoken” African American male, with a slim build, about 5’6″ – 5’7″, with dark eyes and some facial hair. He was wearing a dark hoody and dark pants.

Police recommend choosing well-lit streets at night, staying alert to surroundings, and walking with a friend if possible. Police also recommend that people become familiar with businesses that are open late, and go directly to a busy place if they feel uneasy.