Police Blockade Aspen Heights After Armed Robbery

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COLUMBIA - Columbia police closed off the Aspen Heights neighborhood in southeast Columbia after two 21-year-old women were robbed at gunpoint around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Columbia police say one of the women was walking her dog in front of her apartment when a male in his late-teens or early-20s approached her, pointed a gun at her, and made her go inside, where the suspect demanded money from the woman and her roommate.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money from the two women, the suspect fled on foot. Neither woman was injured.

Police employed K-9 police dogs to try and track the suspect's scent, which was unsuccessful.

Police described the suspect as a 5'10", thin, black male of medium complexion, with a gap in his front teeth and short braided hair. He was wearing a black puffy coat, gray sweatshirt, dark pants, and white shoes at the time.

As of 7:45 p.m., police were letting traffic in and out of the complex.They had previously blocked all traffic from leaving or entering, before allowing some cars to leave after their trunks were searched by police and police dogs, according to KOMU 8 reporters.

Police said at the time they weren't letting anyone into the complex because they were conducting searches with police dogs and don't want anyone to be bitten or to tamper the suspect's scent.

One Aspen Heights resident told KOMU she is "extremely flustered" and "tired of being on lockdown".

Another Columbia resident said her friend, an MU student, was missing a final exam because she couldn't leave her apartment.

The residential complex, which opened earlier this year, has seen numerous illegal activities take place over the past few months.

 The police said residents should act normally and lock their doors at all times, and do their part to make sure they are not victims.