Armed robbers strike twice in one night near UofM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A group of alleged robbers targeted two people near the University of Memphis only minutes apart late Wednesday and early Thursday morning, UofM police said.

A woman reported to campus police that she was robbed by a group of three men on Mynders near Brister around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. One of the men had a silver handgun and demanded her personal items, according to an email from UofM police to students.

Minutes later, a man reported to Memphis police that men matching the previous description attempted to rob him on Brister near Mynders while he was walking from his car to the Nine at Memphis student apartments. He also said a fourth suspect was involved.

"What he said was, like, they just pulled a gun out and started putting their hands in his pocket to see what he had," said Avi Sharma, who checked on the victim after the attack.

Sharma said the victim must have scared the suspects off because police said they fled without taking anything.

"They're just, like, waiting to jump everyone who's over here and, you know, it's crazy," Sharma said.

The area where the robbers struck is only a block from campus and is filled with fraternity houses and student housing complexes.

"It's kind of a quiet neighborhood, but definitely some things that go around, go on around here that you got to be careful of," said UofM student Trey Jones.

"I know if I'm, like, hanging out with my friends, you know, I have, you know, some kind of help," said UofM student Parker Lane. "I mean, it's still just a little messed up for somebody to do stuff like that."

No injuries were reported in either incident, and police are still trying to identify suspects.

The four men were described as African-American in their early 20s, under 6-feet and wearing all dark clothing and dark hoodies.

Memphis police said one suspect had a short fade haircut and wore a red bomber jacket. He was last seen getting into a white, four-door car on Brister.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Memphis Police Department or UofM police.