Armed robberies in Riverside have been a recurring problem over the last few weeks.
Since mid-June, there have been at least four robberies near the intersection of King and College streets, all with a suspect matching a similar description.
An July 1 robbery sparked concern after four Kickbacks restaurant employees were robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight.
Matthew Reichstadter, who had $250 stolen, said a robbery a day later on the same street sounded familiar.
“So there’s some guy just living around (here), just robbing in his own neighborhood,” Reichstadter said. “He’s not very smart but he’s got a gun and you don’t have to be smart to rob people when you have a gun.”
According to that police report, on July 2, a 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-3 middle-aged black man in black clothing with a silver gun and fisherman’s hat robbed a man who was getting into the passenger seat of a friend’s car, around the corner from Kickbacks and other popular bars and restaurants.
The description of the suspect is similar to the guy who robbed Reichstadter the day before: a 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11, middle-aged black man with a silver gun.
That police report also lists two other nearby robberies: one on June 12, and another on June 25. It stated those robberies also have a suspect matching the descriptions.
This month also marks a year since 20-year-old Daniel Rowe was shot in the head and robbed for his wallet on the same street while taking out the trash at the Blind Rabbit restaurant. His killer hasn’t been found.