Two armed robberies, back to back Saturday afternoon have Statesboro Police seeking one or more suspects, said Statesboro Police Det. Sgt. James Winskey.
Georgia Southern University sent out an Eagle Alert shortly after the robberies, reporting three incidents. However, according to GSU Police Chief Mike Russell, the third reported incident was only a sighting of a possible suspect in the two earlier armed robberies.
According to Statesboro Police reports, a victim called police around 3 p.m. Saturday to report being robbed at Eagles Landing. Winskey said the victim, a pizza delivery driver, told officers a black male wearing a black ski mask held him at gunpoint and demanded money. However, the victim fled and the suspect did not take anything, according to reports.
A short time later, a small group of victims were walking near The Pointe at Southern apartments when a man approached them with a pistol and demanded money. He escaped with about $50, reports stated.
Russell said a man fitting the description of the suspect in both armed robberies was seen shortly afterward near Eagle Heights apartments, but clarified that in spite of inaccurate Eagle Alert warnings, no third robbery occurred.
The Eagle Alert listed the suspect as being "a black male (approximately 5'7" tall, 220-230 lbs), wearing a dark colored jacket or long-sleeved shirt with white writing, red shorts, a black ski mask, and armed with a silver hand gun."
Winskey said the description fit the suspect in both armed robberies, but other details about the robberies raise questions as to whether the same suspect committed both crimes. "We don't know whether they are connected."
Both he and Russell advised citizens to stay in well-lighted places at night and avoid areas where an armed robbery could easily take place. "Report suspicious people, don't travel alone," Russell said. While armed robberies do sometimes occur with multiple victims, being alone makes one more of a target, he said.
"Be mindful of your surroundings," Winskey said.
Anyone with information about these or other crimes is asked to contact the Statesboro Police at 912-764-9911. All calls will remain confidential, Winskey said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.