Two armed robberies in broad daylight concern residents

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Two armed robberies in broad daylight concern residents

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YUMA, AZ – Yuma Police are still investigating two armed robberies that happened in Yuma Sunday afternoon. Police tell us both armed robberies happened within an hour of each other. As of Monday the two are not connected.

However, police tell KSWT News 13 they are investigating that possibility because two of the robbers, in each crime, match the same description. On Sunday it was a scary moment for one woman. Police say two guys who appeared to be teenagers approached the woman in the parking lot at El Encanto apartments in Yuma, pulled out a gun, then snatched her purse and took off running.

It happened in broad daylight at about 3:30 in the afternoon. Police say witnesses last saw the armed robbers running east bound on 26th street. Police describe one robber as 5'10 between 16 and 18 years old. They say the second robber is about 5'8"and is also between the ages of 16 and 18.

Monday residents KSWT News 13 talked to say they are concerned an armed robbery happened at an apartment complex where kids are always playing.  Bert Rios says "First it's shocking to me that we have that kind of things going on here at this complex. It's usually pretty quiet. It gives you an awareness that it can happen any time any day or just in the neighborhood where you live. I'm Scared not so much for me but the other individuals that have families here."

In the second armed robbery police say three robbers, one armed with a gun, approached a group of men and demanded money from them. Yuma Police say one victim resisted and was hit on the side of his head. That's when police say the armed robber pointed his gun in the air and fired a shot. Yuma Police say no one was hit or suffered serious injuries. The armed robbers also took off running.   

Yuma Police tell KSWT News 13 officers have stepped up patrol in the area. Sgt. Leanne Worthen with the Yuma Police Department says "Our patrolmen who are out there now and our motor officers and any of our employees who are out there are aware of what's happened and they're going to be looking. What I want to do is put it back to the people and to our community that instead of having fear I want people to be aware."

Police are asking anyone with information to call 78-crime. Your call will remain anonymous.

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