ELYRIA — Elyria police are investigating two armed robberies that occurred early Thursday.
Officers first met with a woman at the police station who they said was visibly shaken at 1:04 a.m. The woman said she was walking to her car in the parking lot to the west of Grenadier Club, 1519 West Ave., when she was approached by a man with a silver pistol.
The man, described as a slender light-skinned black male, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall, demanded the woman give him her cash. He was reportedly wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a fisher/military-style jungle hat.
The woman told the man she did not have any cash and that he could go through her purse if he didn’t shoot her, but she said the man let her go without looking through her purse. The man did take her wallet, containing her driver’s license, Social Security number, debit cards and her daughter’s ATM card.
Police did not locate the robber, and the woman said she did not see if he left in a vehicle.
At 1:35 a.m., another robbery was reported at T&A Bar, 801 Foster Ave. The robber matched the description from the earlier robbery, according to a police report.
Police met with the victim, who said he was driving home from a friend’s house when he pulled his vehicle over in the parking lot of T&A Bar to send a text message. The man said that as he was sitting in the parking lot, an 18- to 20-year-old man exited a vehicle and walked over to his car, pointing a silver handgun at him.
The man gave the robber his wallet, which contained no money, but later handed the suspect $98 from his pants pocket. The robber also took the man’s cell phone, a Samsung Galaxy, and told him to leave the area.
The man described the robber’s vehicle as a gold Chrysler 300 or Dodge Intrepid.
A surveillance video of the parking lot was not immediately available, but according to the police report, police would obtain the video later that day.
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