Police Investigating Two Late Night Robberies on Capitol Hill

Two men were held at knifepoint and another man was knocked to the ground in two separate robberies on Capitol Hill late Thursday night.

In the first incident, two men were walking in the 1600 block of Belmont Avenue when a group of six suspects surrounded them and demanded money.

After two of the suspects drew knives, one of the victims took off running.

One of the suspects grabbed the man’s backpack and held on, but the victim was able to slip out of the suspect’s grasp.

Five of the suspects fled the scene, but a sixth suspect chased after the victim for about a block before he turned and fled after the victim ran inside a restaurant.

Neither of the two victims were able to provide police with a description of the suspects, but a witness told police one of the suspects had a neck tattoo and was wearing glasses.

Less than 10 minutes later, police received a report of another robbery at Belmont Avenue and E. Olive Street.

A man later told officers he was walking down the street when he heard someone running up behind him and was shoved from behind.

He turned and saw two men, who told him to hand over everything he was carrying before shoving the victim to the ground.

The victim handed over his iPhone and wallet and the two suspects fled.  The victim described the two suspects to police as a black male in his early 20s, about 5’10, with an afro, wearing a black shirt and baggy pants, and a hispanic male, 5’10, 170 pounds, muscular, and wearing a baseball cap.

Officers searched the area after both robberies but weren’t able to find any of the suspects.

Police don’t know if either of the incidents are related, but both cases have been sent to the Robbery Unit for investigation.