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* Gilroy robberies near I.O.O.F. and Murray avenues

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Police in Gilroy are investigating a pair of potentially linked robberies Saturday night that victimized a taxicab driver and a pedestrian.The first robbery occurred around 10:25 p.m. Saturday near I.O.O.F. and Murray avenues when two suspects entered a parked taxicab and demanded money from the on-duty driver in Spanish, police said.

Police said one of the suspects punched the cab driver while the other tried to choke him from behind.The pair stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim and fled south along Murray Avenue.Without getting a good look at the pair, the cab driver described them as a Hispanic male between 15 and 17 years old, wearing a white and gray sweatshirt and the second as a Hispanic boy of the same age wearing a black shirt, police said.

The driver suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment, police said.About six minutes later, a male was walking in the 500 block of I.O.O.F. Avenue when a suspect confronted him, brandishing a pocket knife.The suspect demanded the victim’s belongings in English, police said.He also asked the victim if he belongs to a gang, but the victim said no, police said.

The suspect nabbed the male’s property and left, heading south on Murray Avenue, police said.That suspect is believed to be gang-affiliated and is described as a Hispanic man aged 18 to 21 years old who is about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black shirt, black baseball cap and black pants, police said.Police said they do not know whether the two Saturday night robberies are related.

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