SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH -- Three armed robberies within a few miles and just hours apart have police in two cities looking for suspects. In each incident, the robbers were riding bicycles.
Tom Kerr said, Thursday afternoon, he was walking home from the Cleveland Heights Library on Ormond Road between Taylor and Lee Roads when he saw two young men riding bicycles.
"One of them drove past me on the sidewalk and asked me the time, and I didn't have my cell phone and I said it's like 2:30 or 2:45, something like that," said Kerr.
Kerr said the young man on the bike, who appeared to be a teenager, muttered something and left. He said about two minutes later, the young man on the bike returned and cut him off and displayed a gun.
"He said, 'I want you to empty your pockets, empty them all out because I'll shoot you. I'll do it right here. I'll just shoot you,' and I just looked at him and I just said 'you're not gonna do that. There's a guy right across the street watering his lawn,' which was true. And I said, 'In broad daylight? And spend the rest of your life in jail? No way,' and I just kept walking," Kerr said.
About 45 minutes later, less than two miles away at Lee and Fernway Roads in Shaker Heights, two young men on bikes robbed a 17-year-old boy of his iPhone 5 at gunpoint.
Less than three hours after that, just a few blocks away at Fernway and Daleford, the same scenario: A 32-year-old woman also had her iPhone taken at gunpoint by two young men on bicycles.
"I think it's sad. I think it's scary. I think times definitely are getting difficult for a lot of people. I hope that it's not gonna be the start of a crime wave or that these guys aren't part of a huge gang," Kerr said.
Kerr also told FOX 8, that Friday afternoon, Cleveland Heights police officers showed him surveillance photos from a business on Lee Road. Kerr said he positively identified the two young men in the photo as the same people who robbed him.
No word on any arrests.