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Ann Arbor police are investigating two armed robberies and a third incident involving a black semi-automatic handgun overnight near the University of Michigan’s Central Campus, and have raised the stakes by offering a $1,000 reward.

A 21-year-old man was walking in the area of Arch and Oakland at 12:13 a.m. when two male suspects in black hoodies and bandanas exited a dark-colored sedan and approached him.

One of the men allegedly pulled a handgun and said “give me what you got.” The victim complied, handing over his cellphone, keys and wallet. The suspects ran back toward the sedan.

Four minutes later, blocks away on South Forest and Oakland, a 19-year-old woman noticed someone walking behind her on the sidewalk.

“Give me what you got,” said a male as he allegedly brandished the semi-automatic handgun. He wore a black zip hoodie and a red Halloween mask.

The woman threw her cellphone at the suspect, then ran away. She told police she’d noticed a dark-colored sedan in the area.

Ann Arbor police believe the incidents, which were reported immediately, are connected.

Hours later, at about 3:41 a.m., on the 700 block of South Forest, a 19-year-old woman was sitting in her vehicle when a dark vehicle made a U-turn and stopped when it reached her.

As the woman walked away, the driver of the dark vehicle allegedly pointed a semi-automatic handgun at her. Nothing was stolen, police say, and no words were spoken. The woman was able to get back into her vehicle and drive away, but told police that the sedan followed her for several blocks.

Ann Arbor police are asking for the public’ assistance in finding the suspects. They’re asking that tipsters call 734-794-6939, or email tips@a2gov.org.

The $1,000 reward, announced at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, offered for info leading to the "identification, arrest and prosecution" of the suspects involved, police say.

jdickson@detroitnews.com

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