Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Columbia Police are asking for the public's help in identifying persons of interest in two armed robberies.
The first incident happened just after 3:00 AM this past Saturday, October 26th, near the 700 block of Saluda Avenue in Columbia's Five Points area.
According to CPD spokesperson Officer Jennifer Timmons, two male victims were walking with friends in an alley when a male wearing a read hooded sweatshirt followed them and demanded they empty their pockets.
The suspect stole a small amount of cash and one smart phone from the victims.
The second robbery incident took place at about 1:00 AM this past Sunday, October 27th, near the 2300 block of Greene Street.
The victim says he was walking alone when he was approached by two male suspects, one of whom presented a gun, and demanded his belongings.
The victim reported to CPD that some cash and a smart phone were stolen, and the suspect who had the gun was seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and grey pants. The victim was unable to describe the second suspect.
CPD is currently reviewing several hours worth of surveillance video, and have provided some images, asking for the public's assistance in identifying the individuals in the photos.
Columbia Interim Police Chief Rubem Santiago would like to contact the individuals in the photos for questioning.
If you can provide any information on the incidents, or the possible identity of the men pictured, you are asked to contact:
CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC
E-mail a tip in by visiting www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.
Text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message toCRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.