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Iowa City Police Look for Suspect in Late-Night Armed Robberies

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa City police are looking for a man who they believe robbed two people at gunpoint late Tuesday in Black's Gaslight Village.

Officers were called about an armed person at 11:33 p.m. at the village at 422 Brown St., according to Iowa City police. They were informed that two separate people reported being robbed within minutes of each other at separate locations within the complex.

Both victims said a male approached them, displayed a black handgun, and pointed it directly at them before demanding their purses, according to a news release. One victim ran into a home and got away from the suspect, but the other person gave the suspect her purse, according to police.

The man then ran away east on Brown Street, police reported.

Officers flooded the area, but they were unable to immediately locate the suspect. They believe one person committed both armed robberies, according to police.

An undisclosed amount of property and money was taken during the robberies, but no one was hurt, police reported.

The victims and witnesses described the suspect as a thin black male, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, in his 20s to 30s. He was wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt with white writing on it, dark pants and dark shoes with white edges, according to police.

The suspect also had a red bandana covering his face during the robbery.

Anyone with information about the crime can call CrimeStoppers at 319-358-8477.