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Series of armed robberies reported near Johns Hopkins University

Posted at 4:20 PM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 07:12:15-04

Three robberies in a half-mile radius and at least four suspects – Baltimore Police say they have their hands full finding those responsible.

All of the cases happened in 24 hours.

Police say it happened near Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus. No students were hurt.

At any given point and time, the blocks that neighbor the campus are busy with people.

For Raquel Arbiza, it’s her and her dogs’ workout path.

“I always feel safe though when I walk the dogs. I don’t think anyone is going to armed rob me,” she said.

But someone did rob a victim next to her home in the 200 block of East 27th Street, hours earlier there was another robbery on St. Paul Street, and then later that night in the 3200 of Abell Avenue.

Six blocks and three robberies over the weekend.

“All three were all different. None of them seem to have the same way of doing it. All three seem different – leaving on a bicycle, leaving in a vehicle, a male and female combo,” Chief T.J. Smith, head of media relations for the Baltimore Police Department, said.

Not to mention the robbery weapons were different. In one case a gun was used, in another, a knife was used.

“At this point and time, we’re not investigating these moments as linked, but nonetheless we are investigating and if we find out they are linked, it’ll help us along with any other robberies that might’ve occurred in the area,” Smith said.

A rare, but realistic point for police that doesn’t surprise Raquel.

She’s lived in her home for 16 years.

“Yeah, of course. I live in Baltimore, so I hear about these incidents all over the city, not just Charles Village, but in other areas,” Arbiza said.

It’s a reminder, she says, to look over her shoulder to keep herself safe.

“I just try to be diligent, look around to see what’s going on,” she said.

Victims were robbed of cash, their phones, and car keys.

A witness got a good look at a getaway car in one of those cases – a white Ford Taurus with a possible tag number ‘EGK617’ or ‘EGK657,’

If you can help in anyway, you’re asked to call Baltimore Police.