By Aviva Okeson-Haberman, 23News Interactive Director

Columbia Police Department is investigating four armed robberies that occurred within a twenty-four hour span Tuesday. According to a press release by CPD, investigators believe that the suspects are targeting college-aged males.

The first robbery took place in the alley behind Gunter Hans Restaurant. Two suspects, one carrying a handgun, approached two male victims demanding their property.  

Officers were dispatched to the second armed robbery at 1:31 a.m. Two male victims were outside an apartment on Old Highway 63 South when the suspect pointed a handgun at them.

The third robbery took place around nine hours later at Locust Street and Waugh Street. The two suspects fled on foot after taking the victim’s property.  

An hour after officers were dispatched to the third robbery, officers were dispatched to a fourth armed robbery. In this instance, the two suspects exited their car and approached the three male victims demanding to have their property.

“Please keep in mind that this is preliminary information that may change,” Assistant Police Chief Jeremiah Hunter said in a news conference.

In a joint news conference with CPD, interim Chancellor Hank Foley said that some of the victims are current or former MU students.

“We have already reached out or are reaching out to them… to offer them our support,” Foley said.

Foley also sent out an email to MU campus community members notifying them of the robberies.

MU Police Department is working with CPD to support their investigation.

“I encourage anyone with information to contact the police department or Crime Stoppers with information regarding these disturbing incidents,” Foley said.

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