No injuries were reported from the two armed robberies that occurred early Thursday morning, but the suspect stole about $843 of cash and items.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, stole a wallet, a driver’s license, gift cards, a laundry card, a smartwatch and $203 in cash.

The first report was on Rufus Street near Nelson Drive at 12:10 a.m. The second robbery was at the intersection of West Union Street and South Shafer Street at 12:35 a.m., according to an Athens Police Department media release.

Students were sent text and email alerts at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday from the Ohio University Police Department.

The suspect is described as a thin, white man who was about 5 foot 8 inches tall, who had short dark hair, a short scruffy beard with a dark-colored shirt. He was brandishing a silver firearm, according to the APD report.

In both incidents, the suspect was described the same. 

He fled in an early 2000s black four door sedan, according to the media release. The make or model of the car is unknown.

APD Captain Ralph Harvey said his department is working on some leads, but there isn’t any additional information available to be released.

OUPD Lt. Tim Ryan said APD is handling the robbery investigations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact APD at (740) 592-3313.


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