Anchorage police are urging residents to "be cautious and aware of their surroundings" after at least three gunpoint robberies targeting women traveling alone Thursday evening.
According to Anchorage Police Department statements issued early Friday, the robberies took place in different locations around Anchorage between 8 p.m. and midnight.
"It is possible that these robberies were committed by the same suspects, generally described as two or three young black males," police wrote. "The common circumstances in these cases were that the female victim was alone, in a car or walking, and was approached by the males, who had guns and demanded the victim's purse or cellphone before fleeing on foot to a vehicle."
Police dispatchers said the robberies took place Thursday night, not Wednesday as stated in messages. They declined to discuss how many robberies had taken place, or when and where they occurred.
Police asked locals to be especially vigilant when out during late-night hours, and to "report any suspicious circumstances." APD can be reached by phone at 907-786-8900; Anchorage Crime Stoppers can also take anonymous tips on the robberies at 907-561-STOP or through its website.