Police advise precaution after robberies

Published 9:28 pm Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Police are advising residents to take extra precaution after a number of recent robberies. 

On Monday, Selma police responded to a call of a robbery on Dallas Avenue just after 11 p.m. Officers found the victim, a 31-year-old Selma woman, sitting in the grass outside of an apartment.

The victim stated a male with dreads ran up to her demanding she surrender her items, according to police. Then, another male came from behind the building and took her keys.

Authorities said the suspects then went to the victim’s car, where they retrieved her purse and then fled on foot.

“We have continued to ask people to be diligent in their surroundings, be aware [and] park in well lit areas,” said Lt. Sam Miller.

Miller advises everyone, but especially women, to commute with a friend and to carry a small flashlight and whistle to call attention in the case of an emergency.

“That way when somebody starts coming at you, start blowing. Draw attention, let people see,” Miller said.

On Saturday, police responded to a robbery at a business on the 200 block of Highland Avenue around 5:20 a.m.

A 38-year-old woman reported to police that a man came into the business demanding for money or he would kill her, according to investigators.

The woman told police she was unable to identify the suspect because he covered his face.

“He apparently had socks on his hands too,” Miller said.

No injuries were reported.

Last week, on Tuesday, June 21, an elderly couple was robbed at gunpoint in their own home.

According to police, a 68-year-old woman and her 62-year-old husband were at home when two men knocked at their back door.

The woman went to open the door, and was met by a masked subject with a gun, investigators said.

Then, the two suspects led the woman back into the living room where the husband was. Police said, at this point, the suspects took $23 and a small handgun from the woman’s purse, then fled on foot.

In a previous report, Sgt. Ray Blanks advised citizens to take extra caution after dark and to invest in home security measures.

“Try to put extra lights around your house,” Blanks said.

“If you don’t have an alarm system, get one.”

Anyone with information regarding these robberies is encouraged to call the secret witness line at (334) 874-2190.