Clinton, Iowa has seen a trend in the month of November, and it’s not a good one.
Three armed robberies that all have something in common, the victims were held at gunpoint and the suspects are still on the loose.
Police say the suspects in all cases were identified as black males ranging in age from late-teens to mid-thirties.
One victim was beaten by at least four men. The suspects allegedly assaulted him and then took his gun before leaving the scene. The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Less than two weeks later, two armed men reportedly broke into a home and held a man and his two grandchildren, ages six and four, at gunpoint.
The victim’s daughter, who wishes to remain anonymous, lives with her father and told News 8 what happened.
“The men entered our back door with a gun and told my father to give them all his money,” she said. “When my father just looked at them, they fired their gun and hit our stove.”
The woman said the men took money that was supposed to be for Christmas for her two children.
“They took all of our Christmas money we had saved up,” she said.
Clinton’s Chief of Police Brian Guy said his department is doing what they can to find the suspects.
“We are working with the information that has been provided to us and that’s why we encourage the public to come forward with information,” said Chief Guy.
Police say they are concerned that there are people in the community who may have information that are not coming forward to police.
Don Kane says he has lived in his neighborhood for 30 years, and these reported robberies near his home leave him with a feeling of disbelief.
“Of all the years I have lived here, I have never known of an armed robbery in this area,” said Kane.
Kane said he knows of many people in Clinton who have a license to carry a handgun, and he fears the worst if these burglaries continue.
“The people who are committing these crimes are either brave or stupid,” Kane continued, “A lot of people carry permits in this town, and I’m afraid it’s going to end up in a death.”
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact Clinton Police.