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Police: 2 Wilson armed robberies may be linked

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Police are investigating a possible link between two armed robberies that occurred over the weekend. 

In both cases, the victims were sitting in their cars and were approached by two men who demanded money at gunpoint, according to officials. None of the four victims were injured as a result of the robbery, police said. 

On Saturday, Wilson police were dispatched to a 10:24 p.m. call at the 1600 block of Downing Street. Officers spoke with 19-year-old Jozelyn Flores and 32-year-old Jose L. Ramirez, who told police they were robbed at gunpoint by two unknown men, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud. 

They both said they were sitting in Ramirez's car when the robbers approached them and demanded money, Stroud said. The robbers stole Ramirez's wallet, police said. 

Nearly three hours later at 1:14 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the 400 block of Deans Street regarding a second robbery. Officers spoke with two more victims, 20-year-old William Kent and 20-year-old Taylor Smith, who also told police they were robbed at gunpoint by two unknown men, Stroud said. 

The two victims said they were also sitting in Wilson's car when the robbers approached them and demanded money, according to police. 

The men stole Kent's wallet and both of their cellphones, Stroud said. 

"The Wilson Police Department is investigating both robberies as possibly being related," Stroud said. 

The descriptions in both robberies are as follows: 

Police describe the first suspect as a skinny black man, between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a light gray hoodie, black ski mask and gloves. The second suspect is described as a skinny black man, between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a dark gray hoodie and ski mask. 

Police ask anyone with information to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255. 

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