SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Police say two people were robbed just minutes apart overnight, with one of the crimes committed by a group of masked men wielding an AK-47.
It’s bad enough that two people were robbed early Friday morning in Springfield, but whats’ even worse is the way these crimes both happened.
Springfield Police say the first robbery occurred right around 2 a.m. Friday.
Two men where walking down Pomana Avenue, near the Asian Market, when they were approached by a group of four masked suspects.
One of the victims had just taken out $700 to $800 from the ATM.
After grabbing the cash, the masked suspects ran off. The victims say one of those robbers had what they described as an AK-47 assault rifle.
It’s a weapon Springfield P.D. says is not only hard to come by, but one they’re actively trying to get off the streets.
“The only people that can get AK-47′s are gun collectors…gun buyers. Other than that, nobody else has the right to buy that type of assault rifle,” says Officer Charles Youmans with the Springfield Police Department.
Police say that despite the heavily armed suspects, luckily, now one was injured.
Then, just minutes later, around 2:10 a.m., the second early morning robbery.
Police say a man leaving the Bank of America ATM on State Street was approached by a single suspect with a knife.
The victim told police he was held up with the knife to his throat and forced to give the assailant the money he’d just withdrawn, which was about $600 to $700.
Now, despite the the fact both these crimes happened within minutes of each other, police say they are unrelated because they occurred on two different sides of the city.
If you have any information on either crime, call the Springfield Police or you can send police an anonymous tip. You can text it to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) and in the message, type ‘SOLVE’ and your tip.