Meridian Star

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April 22, 2014

MPD investigating weekend robberies

MERIDIAN —     Meridian Police Department officers responded to a half dozen calls of robberies in Meridian over the weekend.

    According to a press release through the office of MPD Lt. John Griffith Monday, the incidents resulted in the injuries of some of the victims.

    The release said the following incidents were responded to by patrol officers and detectives.

    At 8:33 a.m. Saturday, police responded to an armed robbery call in the 4900 block of 15th St. The victim said he picked up two unknown black men and that they took cash from at gunpoint. The victim then told officers the suspects shot his vehicle. The release noted the officers determined the victim was intoxicated and kept changing his story to the officers.

    At 5:09 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to the 1900 block of 14th Street to a report of an armed robbery. When officers arrived on the scene they found a woman who claimed she was robbed by a black woman wanting to borrow some gas. The victim said the suspect was allowed in the home and once there, pulled a knife on the victim. The suspect made off with the victim's purse but the victim was no injured.

    At 10:37 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to the 2100 block of 15th Avenue to talk to a robbery victim. The release said upon arrival the victim was uncooperative with officers but did tell police that a black man stole his bicycle at gunpoint. The victim would not divulge any other information to the officers.

    At 11:11 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to the Highway 39 By-pass to a report of an armed robbery. When they arrived on the scene they made contact with a woman who stated an unknown black man had taken cash from her at gunpoint. The woman said the suspect slapped her after taking her money and then fled. The release said officers could not find any evidence the victim had been assaulted.

    At 1:58 a.m. Sunday, a strong armed robbery was reported in the area of Roebuck Drive near Myrtle Drive. The victim said he was walking home from work when three unknown black men chased him down and started assaulting him. The victim said the men took a can of Skoal from him and a knife. The victim was taken to a Meridian hospital where he was treated for a broken orbital bone around the eyes.

    At 12:39 a.m. Monday, a strong armed robbery was reported to police. When officers arrived on the scene located in the 1000 block of North Frontage Road the victim told them he had picked up an unknown black woman at a gas station and gave her a ride to a local hotel. When the victim and the woman arrived at the hotel, the victim told officers a white man and woman approached him and hit him in the head with something. The victim said his cell phone was taken from him. The release said the hotel clerk told police the victim and his female companion rented a room together afterwards.

    All of these incidents are currently under investigation. If you have any information pertaining to these incidents or any other crimes that have occurred in Meridian, call Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-855-485-8477.   

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