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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Central West End residents are on edge over safety after a spike in violent crimes. A Missouri State senator is speaking out about the criminal activity.

The Central West End is a place where people come to shop, eat and just have a great time. Many find the recent crime in the area disturbing.

The latest case happened Wednesday at around 2am near the intersection of Euclid and McPherson. A woman was walking when a man with a handgun approached her and demanded money. The woman complied. There are no injuries to report and police are still looking for the suspect.

The incident early Wednesday morning happened a block away from where a man was robbed at gunpoint just over a week ago. That happened at North Euclid and Westminster Place. In that case, investigators say a man was walking in the morning when he was confronted by a suspect with a gun. His money was stolen but he wasn't hurt.

Talented artist, Tyrell Thompson, 28, was gunned down earlier this month in the Central West End near near Olive and Walton during another robbery attempt.

Missouri State Senator Jamilah Naheed says the violence must end. Those who frequent the area are taking extra safety precautions.

St. Louis Police say there are many cameras up in this part of the Central West End. They are reviewing surveillance video and searching for clues. Anyone with information should contact police.