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Allentown police check out rash of robberies

Published On: Jan 14 2013 12:02:36 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 14 2013 02:35:09 PM EST
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Allentown police are checking out reports of four separate, recent robberies in the city.

The first incident happened around 3 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of North Fifth Street. 

Police said 34-year-old Elizabeth Rivera from Virginia was walking down the street when she was approached by a black man who pointed a silver handgun at her and 'demanded everything.' He took her phone and fled in an unknown direction.


Rivera said the man was about 6 feet tall and wore a black hoodie. She was not hurt.

Around 6:40 p.m. Sunday, a female juvenile who age was not known, was standing at Sixth and Turner streets when she was approached by a black man who asked her for the time. When she pulled out  her phone, he grabbed it and ran, police said.

She ran after him, and he stopped, turned around and showed her a black handgun, and she stopped chasing him, police said.

She was not hurt and he fled in an unknown direction. The robber is described as a black man, around 5 feet 10 inches tall.

The third incident took place around 1:15 Monday at the Strange Brew Tavern at 1996 S. Fifth St.

Police said Bill Medei, 46, was loading band equipment into his vehicle when he was approached by one black and two white men. They began hitting Medei, until other band members came out of the building and the would-be robbers fled the scene, police said.

Nothing was stolen and Medei was checked out by local EMS. He refused transportation to the hospital.

Less than 10 minutes later, police were called to the 500 block of North Ninth Street for a report of another armed robbery.

Paul Surind, 55, was walking down Ninth Street when a man came up behind him, pulled out a steak knife and demanded money.

The robber got away with an undetermined amount of cash and a cell phone and ran away in an unknown direction.

Surind was not hurt.

The robber is described as a 6 foot-tall light-skinned Hispanic man who was wearing a gray jacket and a baseball cap.

Investigations on all four incidents are ongoing.