From colleague Natalie Alund:
UNION CITY — Four men were robbed at gunpoint in two separate attacks on Monday night as the walked along city streets, police said.
No one was injured in either incident.
Officers responded to the first armed robbery at 10:44 p.m. after the victim dialed 911 to report he’d been robbed while walking on Flagstone Drive, said Cmdr. Ben Horner.
The victim told police he was approached by a suspect who pointed a handgun at him and demanded his personal property. The victim handed over his backpack and cell phone and the suspect ran off, Horner said.
Police described that suspect as a black man, ages 20-25, about 5-foot-11, with a thin build and carrying a handgun.
About one hour later, at 11:40, three men got out of a vehicle near 4190 Gemini Drive and were approached by two suspects as they walked away from the vehicle, Horner said.
The suspects demanded money and threatened to shoot one of the victims, ages 25-29, when he did not respond to their demands, Horner said.
The suspects ran away after taking cell phones and cash, Horner said.
Police said those suspects were described as men about 20 years old, between 5-foot-7 and 6 feet tall, each with thin builds. One of the suspects held a black semi-automatic firearm during the robbery.
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