UPDATE: PD Still Searching for Suspects in Rash of Armed Robberies in Rochester

December 11, 2017 05:53 PM

(ABC 6 News) — UPDATE: Rochester police continue to search for up to four men involved in a series of robberies over the weekend.



According to Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin, the first robbery occurred at the El Buen Vino Liquor Store on 1831 24th St. NW around 12:15 p.m. Saturday.


Sherwin says the clerk described the suspects as three black males in their late teens or early 20's wearing dark facial masks and one was wearing a blue Nike sweatshirt.  The clerk said one of the suspects was holding what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the register be opened. The clerk told police the second suspect was also holding a handgun and the third appeared to be a lookout.


Several hundred dollars was reportedly taken.


Sherwin says the second robbery happened near the Godfathers Pizza on 60th St. and 25th Ave. NW around 4:45 p.m.

A Godfathers delivery driver told police he was sitting at the intersection when two men wearing dark clothing approached the car.  The victim told police one suspect opened the passenger side door and stuck a gun to his side, the second suspect opened the driver side door, pulled the victim out and began searching him for money.


The victim said the two men then stole the car. 


The victim described the suspects as two black men with thin builds, around 6 ft. tall and wearing black clothing. The victim told police both suspects appeared to be armed.


Police later recovered the stolen vehicle about a mile from where the robbery occurred.


Sherwin says a third armed robbery happened around 5:30 p.m. at the Motel 6 off West Frontage Road and Highway 52. 


The front desk clerk told police two black men in dark hoodies came into the motel, demanded money at gunpoint and took off with under $200.


The victim described one of the suspects as being around 5 ft. tall, the other around 6 ft. tall, with one wearing blue Nitro gloves.


A fourth armed robbery was reported to police around 6 p.m. from the Fairfield Inn and Suites off of 17th Ave. NW.


In this robbery, four black males armed with multiple handguns entered the hotel.  Sherwin says one of the suspects pointed a gun at the clerk's head and forced him into a back room area.


According to surveillance video, one of the suspects was wearing red Converse-type shoes, the second was wearing black and white Nike Lebron shoes and a third appeared to be wearing black Timberland boots.


Sherwin says witnesses believed to see the men leave in a red or maroon Pontiac G6.


Several hundred dollars was reported as stolen.


Police say a fifth alleged armed robbery took place at a residence in Rochester Friday morning and may be tied to the other four robberies.


In this case, Sherwin says an 18-year-old man reported that he was robbed of over $1,000.  The victim told police he was leaving the Quarters Apartments on the 800 block of 21st Ave. SE when he was approached by two black males.  The pair claimed they had a handgun but none was displayed. They forced the victim back into his apartment before robbing him.


Sherwin says a total of seven different robberies were reported in Rochester over the weekend and police believe possibly five were related  based on the pattern of the crimes and suspects description.


Police said there were no injuries during the robberies and the suspects are still at-large.


The Rochester Police Department is asking anyone with information about these robberies to contact law enforcement.


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Rochester Police Department just released information about a series of robberies they believe involved the same suspects who were armed with several handguns.

Police say they were called to 6 separate armed robberies in the past 36 hours. Clothing and suspect descriptions appear to link 5 of the robberies.

The reported robberies are as follows:

  • 12/8/17

            12: 00 pm Home Invasion - 832 21st Ave

            2 black male suspects, late teens to early 20s, wearing masks and armed with a handgun

  • 12/9/17

            12:14 pm Armed Robbery - El Buen Vino Liquor store, 1831 24th St. NW

            3 black male suspects, late teens to 20s wearing masks and armed with a handgun

  • 4:46 pm Car Jacking - 60th St and 25th Ave NW

          Godfathers Pizza Delivery driver robbed of red Toyota Yaris 2-door at gunpoint by 2 black male suspects                               (Godfathers sign attached to the vehicle at the time of robbery).

  • 5:26 pm Armed Robbery - Motel 6, 2107 W. Frontage Rd. Highway 52

            2 black male suspects armed with a handgun, late teens to 20s wearing masks

  • 6:03 pm Armed Robbery - Fairfield Inn and Suites 470 17th Ave NW

           4 black male suspects armed with multiple handguns, surveillance images attached

          Suspects are believed to have fled the area in a maroon Pontiac G6

  • 6:03 pm Attempted Robbery of Person - Silver Lake Park

           Bearded white male suspect armed with a knife attempted to rob victim (not believe connected to the other                           robberies)

No arrests have been made and the Rochester Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying suspects.

Persons with information are asked to contact RPD Dispatch at 507-328-6800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.



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