Police believe a duo committed two robberies within about 10 minutes of each other about a mile apart Monday night in Alameda.
In the first robbery, reported at 10:11 p.m., two suspects demanded a victim give over her purse in the 2100 block of Santa Clara Avenue. The suspects threatened to shoot the 51-year-old woman and her son, Lt. Ted Horlbeck said.
The woman, who was standing on the sidewalk while her son parked the car, refused to give up her property and she struggled with one of the suspects over her purse, Horlbeck said.
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Eventually the suspects fled in a white sedan without the purse.
Horlbeck said the victims never saw a weapon.
The same two suspects then approached a 22-year-old pizza deliveryman at around 10:20 p.m. The victim had just dropped off a delivery and was walking back to his car in the 1500 block of Benton Street.
One of the suspects demanded the man’s property and flashed a gun in his waistband, according to Horlbeck.
The victim gave the suspects an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspects fled in a vehicle, Horlbeck said.
They were last seen driving westbound on Santa Clara Avenue toward Willow Street, he said.
The suspects and getaway vehicles from both instances were described similarly, Horlbeck said.
“We believe they are the same suspects,” he said.
They were described as Hispanic males in their late teens to early 20s, standing between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, each weighing about 150 pounds and wearing dark clothing and hoodies, he said.
The car they fled in was described as a small white sedan, possibly a Honda Civic.
No suspects have been arrested in connection with the robberies, Horlbeck said.
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