Stamford police investigate armed robberies

January 7, 2019 GMT

STAMFORD — Police say they are investigating a pair of unrelated armed robberies that occurred on opposite sides of the city around the same time Sunday night.

Sgt. Kenneth Jarrett said the first robbery was reported by a 24-year-old man who was sitting alone in his car just before 6 p.m. on Adams Avenue.

The man said he was waiting for his friend to come out of his West Side home when three men walked up to the car. Jarrett said the man told officers one of the suspects banged on the car window and motioned for him to get out.

The victim said a man wearing a red sweater pointed a black semiautomatic gun at him and pistol-whipped him in the face, striking him in the eye. The man said he gave them an unknown amount of money. He said the suspects fled on West North Street.

The second robbery was reported by a 44-year-old woman around the same time on Frederick Street, Jarrett said.

The woman said two young men approached her as she was walking home from an East Side laundromat. The woman said one of the men pulled a small black gun and demanded her purse, which she gave to them before they ran away.

Police said the victims were not able to give specific descriptions of the suspects.