The reports came in almost 30 minutes apart, beginning with an incident around 8:30 p.m. when a person at an ATM at 8703 West Ridge Road flagged down a police car. The person told police that they had just been robbed at gunpoint. Police, who were in the process of driving to another call, asked the person to wait inside Convenient Food Mart until they could return.
When officers arrived minutes later, there was no one there, Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said.
The second incident occurred almost 30 minutes later and a few blocks away around 9 p.m. on the 100 block of Warwick Drive in Elyria. Bruce Neiding Jr. and Arlene Seman told police that they were walking to Neiding’s car on Tuesday when two men walked up to them. One of the men was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, a bandana over his face and was carrying a handgun; the other was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, Neiding and Seman told police.
One of the men demanded that Neiding and Seman hand over any money or items they were carrying. The two men patted Seman down, stole her phone and took $35 from Neiding, all while yelling and swearing at their victims, according to the police report.
Police searched the area for the suspects but couldn’t find anyone.
“It’s very coincidental,” Costantino said of the two armed robbery reports occurring so close in time and location. “We’re looking into (a connection).”
Costantino also encouraged the victim in the alleged robbery at an ATM to come forward, saying that it could help police identify suspects in both incidents.