TPD investigating two unrelated crimes at Westgate Village
TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) -- TPD is investigating two separate incidents that occurred within minutes of each other on the same block.
At around 10 p.m. Tuesday night a man was shot while driving down Secor Road by an unknown individual in another vehicle that took off.
That victim pulled into the Westgate Village Shopping Center unaware another crime had just taken place .
"A young mother was there with her child outside of the restaurant and noticed a male pacing that didn't seem right," said Lt. Kevan Toney with the Toledo Police Department.
That woman was robbed at gun point while trying to eat with her young child outside the Chipotle by a different suspect, who fled on foot.
"So we had two separate incidents right at the same time that we are investigating right at that Secor corridor right at Central," said Toney.
No one was hurt in the robbery but the man shot in the vehicle did suffer from serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
TPD believes the incidents are not related, but do say the circumstances are not common.
"Its highly unusual that you have that type of crime right there and most people would think that they're related," said Toney. "But based on what the investigators were presented with last night, it appears to be completely unrelated incidents that just happened with close proximity both geographically and time wise."
This comes after the Key Bank was robbed right across the street on Monday.
Area residents agree, all this crime is unusual.
"I was surprised and it piqued my interested because I'm over this way quite a bit and I usually think of it as a safe neighborhood," said Mark Greenblatt who frequents the area.
"It's kind of hit or miss I guess, there are some areas that are bad and some areas that aren't and I wouldn't expect this to be one of those areas that are that bad," said Derek Justice, who was at Westgate Village for lunch.
Authorities advise everyone to be aware of your surroundings at all times, even when you think you're in a safe area.
"Keeps your eyes open like the woman did last night she did the right thing it didn't feel right so she tried to remove herself from the situation," said Toney.
"I think anything can happen anywhere any time you see all the stuff with the schools and everything it's a new world," said Greenblatt.