Police increase patrols after robberies in downtown Greenville area

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GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Police officials said they are increasing patrols following a string of robberies near downtown Greenville.

According to a Greenville Police Department news release, there were two separate robberies were reported last night — one around 10:20 p.m. and the other around 10:35 p.m.

The first incident was an attempted robbery that happened near the small foot bridge that runs from Riverplace to behind the Peace Center.

A woman was walking with two people carrying flowers and offered two suspects a flower.

One of the suspects then pulled out a black handgun and demanded money from the woman. 

According to the release, the woman said she wasn’t carrying anything and the suspects ran away.

Officers responded to the scene, as well as a K-9 unit.

A second robbery — which involved the same suspects — happened as officers were still on-scene in the area.

A man and a woman were in Falls Park next to the river at the bottom of the falls when a suspect pulled out a handgun and stole cellphones, cash and a debit card.

The suspects were described as males in their teens, with black hoodies and red bandanas that were covering their faces.

According to the release, the robberies and the description of the suspects also matched a robbery in Greenville County Tuesday night near St. Francis hospital.

Detectives are working with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office to identify the suspects and arrest them.

Greenville Police said they would be increasing patrol officers in and around the downtown area.

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