Several people held at gunpoint, robbed near Overton Square

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Police are searching for suspects after several people were held at gunpoint and robbed in Midtown near popular destinations within hours.

Monday night, a man -- panicked and scared, flagged down officers claiming to have been robbed. He said he was getting out of his car on Madison Avenue when a stranger pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet. He told the victim to turn around as he took off down an alley.

Hours later and a few streets over, a similar story. This time a group of people told police they were walking towards Overton Square near Cooper and Courtland when two men walked up, waved a gun, and took their wallets.

"It's a concern and a worry. You know you got to be on guard out here."

John Johnson lives nearby. He doesn't have a car which is why these robberies have him on edge.

"Just got to keep your eyes about you all the time --especially if you have to walk."

Others expressed concern too.

"I'm just really surprised because it's in this area because it's so well lit and well secured and so popular."