Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News
Police are investigating four violent robberies in the Oak Lawn-Uptown area that have occurred in less than a month.
Dallas police are investigating a string of violent armed robberies in the Oak Lawn-Uptown area.
Since June 14, there have been four robberies within a mile of each other. Three of them occurred between the 3000 and 4000 blocks of Hall Street.
Ombelina Rodriguez, one of the victims, said a man with a gun approached her and her 21-year-old son late Sunday night as they were walking to the Kroger on Cedar Springs Road.
"And the guy said, 'Give me the money.' And I see the gun over here, in the head," she said.
Rodriguez said her son didn't have any money, so she threw the only thing in her pocket on the ground.
"Only one bill -- $50; that's it," Rodriguez said.
Some nearby residents, such as Latisha McDaniel, said they think the area is starting to attract criminals.
"I mean, this is a nice area," McDaniel said. "People have nice cars in this area, nice condos -- these are people they would want to pick on."
Dallas police said they don't know if the robberies are related, but they are working to catch the robbers.
McDaniel said the rash of robberies has her and her neighbors on edge.
"Because there are people who come down here to victimize people in this area, it's very frequent, and it's more frequent than a lot of people know," she said. "And I just try to stay vigilant and keep my eyes open."