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Two people were reported robbed in the same area, and around the same time, Monday night in downtown Baltimore, police confirmed. 

It was unclear whether the same group of suspects was involved, a police spokesman said. 

In the first incident, a 32-year-old woman said she was walking on the east side of the first block of Hopkins Place at about 10 p.m. when she thrown to the ground from behind by two suspects, believed to be women. They demanded her phone, and ended up taking her purse, police said. 

About 30 minutes later, a 17-year-old male said he was walking in the 100 block of W. Lombard St. after getting off of the light rail at Howard and Baltimore streets, and was waiting for a bus, police said.

As he walked toward the bus, a group of people surrounded him. One of them pulled a handgun, and took the teen's cell phone. Police said the suspects were three males and a female. The incident was reported later in the night, at around 1 a.m., police said. 

The Central District - which includes the downtown area as well as neighborhoods like Bolton Hill and Druid Heights - has seen a decline in robberies this year of about 5 percent, but has the third-most reported robberies in the city, police statistics show.


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