Police are investigating whether a robbery using a knife at the Broadway Plaza parking garage in Walnut Creek on Wednesday is related to an incident at Stoneridge Shopping Center last Friday when two teenage girls tried to grab a woman's purse and shopping bag.
Around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, two women reported the armed robbery in a parking structure near Macy's in Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza shopping center, police said.
Two women approached the victims in their parked car and stole their purses at knifepoint, according to police. One of the victims was punched in the face before having razor knife brandished at her throat, Acting Sgt. David Rangel added.
Police said the suspects then ran from the parking structure, through the upper level of Macy's and possibly fled the shopping center in a black Lexus RX 300 SUV.
Both suspects are described as black women who are about 22 years old and approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall with thin builds.
One of the suspects was described as having tattooed arms and curly dark hair and was wearing a denim jumpsuit. The other suspect was wearing a long, brightly colored tribal dress, police said.
Wednesday's incident may be connected with an attempted robbery that occurred at the Stoneridge Mall on July 6. In that incident, a woman parked near Macy's fought off two teen girls who tried to grab her purse and a bag of items, before the suspects fled in a white Honda with a license plate beginning in 6P.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Walnut Creek police Detective Leonard or Officer Keeler at 943-5844.