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Unclear whether 2 early morning Anchorage robberies are connected, police say

Anchorage police are investigating two robberies in the city that occurred early Tuesday morning.

According to a press release from police, the first robbery occurred at about 3:19 a.m., when two men walking in the area of 42nd Street and Piper Street were approached by two men both armed with guns. The suspects demanded wallets and cellphones from the victims before fleeing the scene in a dark blue four-door sedan driven by a third person.

The second incident occurred to a man walking home at 4 a.m. in the 100 block of Dimond Boulevard. The victim said he was approached by a masked male armed with a gun who got out of the passenger side of a sedan and stole the victim's cellphone.

The victim was struck in the side of the face with the gun according to police, but he declined medical attention. The suspect's vehicle was described as a late 1990s model silver two-door hatchback sedan.

Police said Tuesday that no arrests have been made in either case and that detectives have not concluded whether the cases are connected.

Those with information on the identity of the robbers is encouraged to contact Anchorage police at 907-786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-7867.

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