Dallas police say a pair of robbers is targeting shopping center parking lots.
Three people were gunpoint leaving the AMC movie theater at NorthPark Center on Monday at about 10:15 p.m. It is the first violent crime at the mall in nearly one year.
"He walked toward us and asked what time it was, and I told him, 'We don't know,' and suddenly, he pointed the gun at me,” said one of the victims, who did not want to be identified.
The Dallas man said he was walking to his car with his wife and a friend when the robbery occurred.
“My wife, when she seen him pointing the gun, almost to my head, she and her friend were very scared,” he said.
Dallas police said they suspect the same robber struck less than 24 hours at a parking garage at the Galleria.
A man walking into the Galleria was confronted by a robber with a pistol who demanded his cell phone and wallet.
“There's a good chance once investigators do their digging, that these two are related and that they are related to other cities as well,” Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse said.
“We are stepping up our patrols at those two malls and at all the malls and shopping centers in the area,” Janse said.
Dallas detectives are also comparing notes with law enforcement agencies in Richardson, Plano, Garland and Mesquite regarding robberies in those cities.
The victims describe seeing the robber and his accomplice flee in an older, white Dodge Neon.