HAMMOND | Police have responded to a series of armed robberies in Hessville, where two men have reportedly approached people demanding their cellphones.
Three armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery have occurred since Friday, according to Hammond police Lt. Richard Hoyda. Hoyda said police were told during the robberies one or both of the suspects have displayed a silver handgun.
In the incidents, two men have approached victims and demanded their cellphones, Hoyda said. Most of the victims have been teenagers, ages 13 to 16 years old. A 16-year-old victim of a robbery that occurred on Saturday was punched in the face, Hoyda said.
The suspects are described as black males in their late teens or early 20s wearing hoodie-type sweatshirts, one gray, Hoyda said. In the first robbery, the suspects reportedly wore white face masks, Hoyda said.
The first incident occurred at 8:25 p.m. Friday in the 6700 block of Grand Avenue, followed by incidents at 4:20 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. Saturday in the 3100 block of 173rd Street and 6700 block of Parrish Avenue. The latest robbery occurred around 7:35 p.m. in the 6800 block of Nebraska Avenue, Hoyda said.