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Crimetracker: Armed robbery investigations span both sides of the river

West bank commuters waiting for a bus at Life Center Drive and Pace Boulevard say they’ll be more vigilant after a woman was robbed at knifepoint Wednesday. (FOX 8 Photo) West bank commuters waiting for a bus at Life Center Drive and Pace Boulevard say they’ll be more vigilant after a woman was robbed at knifepoint Wednesday. (FOX 8 Photo)
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“It’s ridiculous. You can’t even come from work, and you’re worried about your kids coming home from school,” says Kathy Washington.

West bank commuters waiting for a bus at Life Center Drive and Pace Boulevard say they’ll be more vigilant after a woman was robbed at knifepoint Wednesday.

“I’m going to be more on guard and more aware, and check my surroundings and everything,” says Martha Gray.

Police say a 69-year-old woman was waiting at the bus stop around 5:30 p.m. when a man wielding a knife approached her and demanded her belongings. The robber took off with about $200 in cash from the victim.

“If that happened around five o’clock, I had just left this bus stop,” says Washington.

A little more than three hours after the west bank armed robbery, police were called to investigate a brazen armed robbery on the other side of the river near Dante and Freret streets.

“I had gone to yoga class, and I went and got myself some food. I was walking back, and I saw somebody come out of the shadows,” says the victim.

FOX 8 will not identify the victim, but she says a man emerged into the street with a  gun pointed to her face. She says he told her to turn around and hand over her purse.

“I asked him if I could have my keys, or my phone and he got really upset. Of course, he was brandishing his weapon, and I turned around and looked at him,” says the victim.

The gunman, though, took off.

The victim wasn’t hurt, but says she’s certainly affected by what happened.

“I feel a little bit shaken up and irritated,” says the victim.

“I think it’s scary. I think people need to be very aware of their surroundings,” says Ben Amoss.

People who live in the West Carrollton neighborhood were shocked that it happened in such a busy area that usually seems pretty safe.

“It’s really a lively area. Oak Street is two blocks that way and the river is two blocks the other way,” says Amoss.

So far, no arrests have been made.

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