At 7 p.m., a 41-year-old Dallas woman stepped onto an elevator at Founders Plaza that was already occupied by two men, one of whom police identified as 20-year-old JC Gholston.
When the elevator reached the second floor, Gholston stepped in front of the woman, pulled out a black CO2-powered pistol and pointed it at the woman's face. When she asked what he was doing, he yelled at her to shut up, then took her iPhone 4, American Express card, and a dollar bill.
Gholston was later arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. He's in jail on a $25,000 bond.
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Nearly three hours later, at 9:51 p.m., 35-year-old man was walking in an alleyway in the 1200 block of Pacific Avenue when he was approached by an armed robber who demanded his iPhone 5. (Update at 9:26 p.m.: Police arrested 28-year-old Victor Nunez for this offense. The victim got his phone back.)
And at 3:30 a.m. in a Victory Park apartment at 2500 Houston Street, two acquaintances, a man and a woman, knocked on the door of a 34-year-old resident. When he opened it, they pistol-whipped him and forced him to the ground.
They held him there at gunpoint as they forced him to open a small floor safe, from which they took $12,000 cash, a $25,000 gold and diamond necklace. They also took his Blackberry and another cell phone.
Then, they forced him to accompany them to the elevator and down to the lobby, where they left him. According to a police report, the building has camera footage of the robbers.