JAMESTOWN - Two victims were reportedly robbed Tuesday by two unknown male suspects, one of whom allegedly carried a shotgun. This was the third city robbery in the last week.
According to the Jamestown Police Department, two victims were robbed of cash and belongings at approximately 10:49 p.m. Tuesday, shortly after exiting their vehicle in a driveway located at 114 Vega St. The suspects, two males wearing dark-hooded sweatshirts, reportedly exited a separate vehicle that had pulled up behind the victims' car.
One of the suspects allegedly displayed a shotgun and struck one of the victims on the side of the head. The victim sustained a laceration and was treated at WCA Hospital.
An investigation is currently ongoing for the unknown suspects.
Another armed robbery took place Friday on the grounds of Jamestown Community College, in which two victims were reportedly robbed by two masked men, one of whom allegedly had a pistol. At approximately 7:30 p.m., the suspects robbed the victims of cash and belongings, and fled the scene, police announced Wednesday afternoon.
The suspects are described as dark-skinned males, over 6 feet tall and in their early 20s. Further investigation suggests that the suspects and victims knew each other previously.
With the help of college staff, police were able to locate some of the stolen property inside a college dorm room.
Police later charged an 18-year-old male from Cleveland, Ohio, with criminal possession of stolen property and transported him to the Jamestown City Jail. It is not confirmed yet if he is one of the two suspects involved in the college robbery.
Investigators are requesting anyone with information on either incident to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 483-7531 or leave an anonymous tip at 483-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.
In another incident, two 16-year-old males were charged Saturday after allegedly threatening a man at gunpoint and robbing him of cash.
According to the Jamestown Police Department, the victim was reportedly walking on Tower Street at approximately 10:55 p.m., when the two teenagers approached him wearing dark-colored clothing.
Displaying a pistol and a knife, they threatened the victim by holding the gun to his head and robbing him of a small amount of cash.
Officers located the two suspects on Willard Street shortly afterward. Further investigation revealed that both males were positively identified as the robbery suspects, police said.
The teenagers were charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree menacing. They were transported to Jamestown City Jail. Their names were not released.
When asked about these string of armed robberies, Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, suggested that drugs were the likely cause.
"Everything seems to revolve around drugs," Samuelson said. "(People) need money for drugs so they commit these burglaries. This is likely why we've been seeing (these incidents) over the past 60 to 90 days."