OPD investigates two armed robberies
According to reports, officers were called to the 200 block of W. Orange Avenue just after midnight Saturday in reference to shots fired. When they arrived at the scene, they found a large pool of blood at the victim’s front door. The victim, 67-year-old Felix Reed, was sitting on the arm of his couch. He was conscious and alert when police arrived. He was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.
Officers worked to collect evidence at the scene. They located a single cartridge casing on the porch under the mailbox. The officer noted in his report, the gun which is believed to have been used is a .45 caliber. The officer also found a small hole in the siding of the house. A .45 caliber bullet was retrieved from the hole in the siding.
Reed reported to officers he had just gotten to his residence and was approaching the door when two men came up from behind him displaying a handgun. They were dressed in all black clothing and masks. The suspects demanded money and Reed gave them the money bag which was in his hand at the time. One of the suspects then discharged one round of the gun which struck his left leg at the knee. The suspects then left the area on foot.
When officers arrived they were unable to located the suspects. They remain at large.
Another armed robbery occurred shortly before midnight Saturday in the 2000 block of International. Joshua Smith, 25, reported to police he had just arrived at the residence when he received a phone call from an acquaintance. Smith told them where he was located and to meet him there. When he stepped outside onto the back patio, an unknown man approached him and displayed a handgun. The man demanded money. Smith stated he gave the man one dollar and half a pack of cigarettes. The man angrily asked Smith if he thought this was a joke and struck Smith in the right cheek area with the gun. The suspect then ran out the front door of the apartment.
Smith reported to police the gun used in the incident was a small, black revolver. Smith reported he did not know the suspect who was wearing a black hoodie and shorts. The person who had called him never arrived at the residence. The case is still under investigation.
Anyone with information on these robberies is asked to call the Orange Police Department at 409-883-1026.