Belleville police investigating two attempted robberies

Belleville police say two attempted armed robberies that occurred early Sunday are believed to be random acts.

The first occurred at 12:51 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of South 31st Street. The second occurred at 12:58 a.m. in the 100 block of North 27th Street.

Victims in both cases described the suspect as a black man with a fade-style haircut wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt who jumped out of a vehicle brandishing a handgun and demanding money and valuables. The victims each ran off without giving up money or property. They were not hurt.

The victims each described the vehicle as a dark-colored Suzuki Grand Vitara. The vehicle was occupied by several other people at the time of each attempted robbery, police said.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Belleville police at 618-234-1212 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.