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Women, victims in Three armed robberies Tuesday

Columbus police Lt. Mark D. Starling is warning local women to be aware of their surroundings after three armed robberies Tuesday.

All three involved Columbus women walking alone on the way to their house or apartment.

In each incident, a man got out of the passenger side of a Maroon Nissan Pathfinder. Holding a handgun, he then approached the woman demanding that she give him her purse or he would shoot her in the head.

The first victim was Linda Jacobs of Columbus who was in her yard at 520 49th Street with her purse on her shoulder. That was at 5:30 p.m.

The next victim was Kerrie Clark of 2840 Warm Springs Road. At 9:30 p.m., Clark was walking toward her apartment in the Club Hill complex when she was approached.

It was at 10:05 p.m. when Carla Houston of 5850 Thea Lane was walking toward her apartment in the Hampton Place complex. She was approached by the gunman and gave him her purse.

The thief was wearing a white baseball cap and white t-shirt. He appeared to be in his 20s and stood about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10.

"Nobody got a description of the other man," said Starling, "because he never got out of the car."

Starling said women should park in lighted areas and not wait until they reach the door of their house or car before searching for their keys.

Women, he added, should be on the lookout for any suspicious vehicle especially one that keeps circling in a particular area.

Columbus police are investigating the crimes.

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