Police search for armed robbery suspects targeting Cooper-Young

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police are looking for multiple suspects in connection to two armed robberies overnight in Cooper-Young.

Three people were targeted in two separate incidents and had their belongings taken.

After five years of living in Cooper-Young, Carla Worth said her family is packing up to move.

“There is a lot of crime in this, specifically, this part of Cooper-Young, kind of closer to the train tracks.”

She said she loves her neighborhood, but she’s not surprised to hear three people were robbed at gunpoint overnight nearby.

Police say two were robbed together as they walked back from Café Ole around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. One of them is a server at the restaurant.

Officers say two men approached them near near Tanglewood Street and Walker Avenue. One was armed with a handgun and the other a shotgun.

“One of the things that shocks me about this particular incident is that there was a shotgun involved. Handguns are a little easier to conceal, shotgun not so much," said Aaron James with Neighborhood Watch.

Police say the suspects took a phone and a purse and punched the male victim before running away.

Detectives say a few minutes after that, they responded to another armed robbery call just down the road at Walker and Barksdale.

In that case, officers say a man was going on his nightly walk when three men approached him with a handgun and told him to “drop everything off.”

He gave the suspects cash and his cellphone before they ran away.

“The criminals know the areas and the neighborhoods that have let their guard down, right? They’ll test you. They’ll come in and do their little petty crimes, and then those escalate," said James.

James said they’ve worked hard to get the Neighborhood Watch reactivated and surveillance cameras in place, saying he wants criminals to know their guard is not down and this crime isn’t going to last.

Authorities are looking through surveillance video to see if any of these suspects are on camera.

If you have any information that could help police, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.