In less than two hours Sunday night, Conway police say a group of armed robbers made off with more than $1,600 following three separate holdups.
Officers were first dispatched to Fox Run Apartments at 300 S. Donaghey Ave. after receiving reports of an aggravated robbery around 10:08 p.m.
Police made contact, around 10:14, with the 53-year-old victim who told officers the robbery occurred when he was approached by a black male who asked him for a lighter, while he walked from his vehicle to his apartment.
The victim described the male as light-skinned, 5-foot-10, and 170 pounds, with a low-fade hair style.
As he went to give the male a lighter, the victim said two other black males approached him from behind. One of the males placed a gun to the victim’s head and stated "don’t move or I’ll blow your head off," the police report states.
The assailants then forced the victim face down on the ground, at which point money, various debit cards, the victim’s cell phone and his driver’s license was stolen. The victim said the suspects also searched his vehicle, and stole his key from the ignition before fleeing.
Just 19 minutes later, Conway police received reports of another aggravated robbery around 10:27 p.m. in the parking lot of The Draft Ultimate Sports Grill at 2235 Dave Ward Drive.
Much like the first victim, the 24-year-old restaurant worker said he was walking from The Draft to his girlfriend’s nearby apartment when he was struck in the back of the head, which knocked him to the ground.
When he looked up from the ground, the victim said he observed a black male, holding a pistol, yell "give me your money or I’ll blow your head off."
The assailant proceeded to take the victim’s wallet, and tip money located in his apron. While still on the ground, the victim said another black male searched his vehicle.
Approximately two hours later, officers were notified the victim’s debit card was used at the Raceway gas station at 101 E. Oak St. A store clerk said the card was used by a group of three black males and one black female. The group left the gas station in a silver Ford Taurus, the store clerk said.
Police were unable to obtain a license plate number from surveillance footage.
Officers received reports of a third aggravated robbery, which occurred in the parking lot of the Arvest Bank at 2850 College Ave., around 11:23 p.m.
The 19-year-old victim told police a black male approached him, while he sat in his vehicle, and placed a gun to his head. The victim said the assailant was clean-shaven, and wore a gray sweatshirt.
The victim said he was then escorted to to the bank’s ATM machine, by three black males, where he was forced to make two withdrawals, totaling $700. Following the transactions, the suspects took the victim’s wallet, cell phone and keys before fleeing the scene.
As result of the three armed robberies Sunday night, which Conway police believe to be related, a total of $1,648 was stolen. Conway police have obtained photos of the alleged suspects, and ask anyone with information to contact the Conway Police Department at 501-450-6120 or text an anonymous tip to CRIMES using the keyword "Conway."
As of Tuesday morning, Conway police spokesperson La Tresha Woodruff said there was no new information regarding the robberies.
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