2 Robberies In 2 Days: SF Police Give Advice On What To Do In Scary Situations

"Do what you're asked," said Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens.

In less than a week, two people have become victims of alarming robberies on the streets of northeast Sioux Falls. They happened less than two miles and a day apart.

The most recent took place on Friday just before 8:30 p.m. Police say the victim was walking near East 4th Street and North Sherman Avenue when two men got out of a vehicle.

“Both of them had handguns, pointed the guns at him, ended up taking his wallet and cell phone. They got back into the car and then drove away,” said Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens.

Police say the day before, a witness saw two men pushing an elderly man across 10th Street between Spring and Duluth Avenues just before 10:30 a.m. Wen they crossed the road,  police say they dumped the 60-year-old out of his wheel chair,
and started searching his pockets.

It’s unknown if either men knew the suspects, but police say random robberies are rare in Sioux Falls.

Clemens said, “Usually there is some type of connection between the victims and the suspects.”

But what if you are placed in that rare situation? Is it beneficial to carry pepper spray or mace?

Clemens said, “If you have somebody that’s pointing a gun at you, you don’t know if they’re planning on using it.”

Police say if you’re ever in a bad situation, many people don’t realize that pepper spray or mace takes awhile to take effect; anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute. Police say during that time anything could happen.”

Clemens said, “You pull out pepper spray if someone’s got a gun or a knife, they could do a lot of damage to a person in that amount of time.”

Police say this is their best advice:

“Do what you’re asked,” said Clemens. “If they’re looking for a wallet or a cell phone give them what they want, and hopefully they’ll leave you alone.”

Police say they know it’s hard, but try also to be a good witness. They say getting a good description or even a license plate number can help police in finding the suspects.

 

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