Pair robbed at gunpoint leaving Chase Park Plaza

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Crime concerns resurface in the Central West End after two women were robbed at gunpoint while walking from the Chase Park Plaza to a nearby parking garage.

The robbery occurred around 10:40 p.m. Thursday. The women, who asked not to be identified, said they were walking back to their vehicle on York and talking about possibly moving to the neighborhood after college.

“We just saw two people coming the opposite way, but we didn’t really think anything of it,” said one of the victims. “They were wearing hoods, but it was raining out and it was cold, so we passed them and they pulled a gun out on us.”

The two men demanded the ladies’ purses and cell phones.

“I mean, when there is a gun at your head, you’re just like, ‘okay, take it and go.’ In the whole scheme of things, it is just…I am really lucky that it wasn’t more than that, like I could have been shot or raped.”

The night before this robbery, police said another female was robbed just a few blocks away while walking to her car on Maryland. That victim told investigators she was approached from behind; the suspect put what she thinks was a gun to her head and demanded her keys and phone.

One of the victims of Thursday's robbery said prior to these events, she always thought of the Central West End as a safe place.

Meanwhile, police are working to identify if there is a connection between the two crimes. There were video cameras near the parking garages, so investigators said they have a very clear picture of the suspects from there.