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Fort Wayne Police: Latest holdup not part of apartment spree

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 6:59 am

Two men reportedly attacked and robbed a woman Wednesday as she tried to make a rent payment, but Fort Wayne Police do not believe the attack was related to a recent string of apartment robberies.

Police responded at about 7:30 p.m. to the 1900 block of West Colonial Avenue. There, a woman said she had been robbed earlier when she tried to drop off a rent payment at a deposit box in the 1600 block of North Harrison Street, north of downtown, according to a police report.

The woman told police a friend had driven her to the property management company to make the payment, but the friend stayed in the car. While the woman was at the mail slot, she noticed two men approaching from the north. She was about to drop an envelope in the slot when she felt a sharp object against her left side, the woman told police.

“Whatever you got in that envelope, you better give it to me,” one of the men said, according to the woman.

After the woman handed over the envelope – which contained a $560 money order – one of the men punched her in the left side of the face, knocking her to the ground, she told police, according to the report. The man then reportedly put his foot on her and took her purse.

“Come on, we got other things to do, we got what we came for,” the other man reportedly said before the two men left, going south on Harrison Street. As they left, the woman saw one of the men put a folding knife into his pocket, the report said.

In a string of robberies since Jan. 7, robbers have attacked people arriving at local apartment complexes. In one of the robberies, the perpetrator reportedly stabbed a woman with a kitchen knife.

But Officer Raquel Foster, a Fort Wayne Police spokeswoman, said the robbery Wednesday was likely unrelated.

All but one of the apartment robberies have involved guns, not knives, she said in an email. And the reported stabbing involved a kitchen knife that belonged to the woman who was robbed.