Was mugged tonight by 9th Street Abbey around . One black male walked out of the alley as a car going North on 9th Street pulled up. The individual pulled a gun and took our belongings. The car was a black or dark green sedan with tinted windows. They headed east on Soulard street.In talking with the victim, I was able to find out a few more details. The victims did not see the car following them until the POS criminal came out of the alley and confronted them with a weapon. After handing over his wallet, the male victim was hit in the face with the butt of the gun, breaking his nose. This all happened less than a full block away from Llywelyn's where people were gathered out front.
This is a reminder to stay alert when walking at night. There was a group of patrons outside Llewellyn's down the street when this all occurred but that didn't stop the criminals from acting.
The female victim wanted to urge people to take extra precautions this time of year. She assumed she was taking those by not traveling alone, heading home at a respectable hour and walking through a well-lit area. This is a reminder that crime in the city is just random enough that you should always be cautious of your surroundings. She also urges people to carry things like phones, keys, cards in separate pockets of your coat or something if you can. She said she usually follows that guideline, but happened to not this time and handed her purse over containing all of those things.
To my knowledge, this is the first armed robbery recently on the northern end of Soulard. There have been a couple within the last few months in the 11th/Russell/Ann area.
A few safety tips to follow:
Leave lights on: Criminals are cowards. While this crime happened in a generally well-lit area, it is still sound advice to leave your porch light on.
Be aware of your surroundings: Know what an who is around you. Don't be buried in your phone not paying attention. If something were to happen, you want to be able to give police as much information as possible so they can track down the criminals and hopefully lock them up for a long time.
See something suspicious? Call 9-1-1: Officer Miller and Captain Deeba will tell you that 9-1-1 exists for citizens. It's better to call in something suspicious. Let the police come and check it out. Better safe than sorry. If you've lived in Soulard for any length of time, you probably have a sense of who belongs and who doesn't.
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