Around 11 p.m. on Sept. 2, Mount Vernon police responded to the first of three armed robberies that would take place within the hour.
The first victim, a man walking on Mount Vernon Avenue, was robbed at gunpoint by two black men. The victim told police the suspects pointed a silver handgun at him but ran after the he yelled for police. Both suspects fled the area.
At 11:15 p.m., a second male victim was approached by two black men at 60 Rochelle Terrace brandishing a silver handgun. They demanded his money and phone the ran. The victim said the suspects' faces were covered by bandannas and large, hooded sweatshirts.
At 11:50, a man and woman were approached by three black men on New Haven Railroad Street. They brandished a black handgun and said if they didn't turn over their valuables they would be shot. All three suspects fled Eastbound.
Mount Vernon police commissioner Terrance Raynor said the police are investigating all three robberies and following several leads.
In the meantime Mayor Ernest Davis cautioned citizens to use caution when out late at night and is confident the Mount Vernon police will arrest the suspects.
"Our police department will leave no stone unturned in order to get these predators off of our streets," Davis said.
Police ask if anyone has information about any of the robberies, to call the detective division at (914)-665-2510, where all calls will be kept confidential.