A 42-year-old man sustained minor injuries early Tuesday morning after being robbed at gunpoint by two people near the intersection of Wydown and Skinker boulevards, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department reported. That location is close to Washington University.
The incident began at 1:10 a.m. when two black men in their late teens or early 20s approached the 42-year-old in the 6200 block of Wydown, an incident report shared by public information director David Marzullo states. The two wore dark hooded sweatshirts and jeans.
"The victim was walking to his vehicle when he was ordered to 'get on the ground' by the suspects, who were carrying handguns," the report states. "The victim complied, and the suspects took his wallet from his pocket and then put his briefcase on his back and stepped down on it and told him to stay down. The suspects fled the scene and entered an unidentified vehicle."
Another similar incident happened around the same time in Dogtown, KMOV and KSDK reported. The news websites offered conflicting accounts as to the order of the crimes.
KMOV reported that the incident near Clayton was followed roughly 10 minutes later by the Dogtown robbery. KSDK reported that police received a call about the Dogtown incident at 1:37 a.m. and that the Wydown-Skinker robbery happened shortly afterward.
Police confirmed to both sites that they suspect the same people committed both robberies.