A resident of the Booker T. Washington Apartments reported to police that a white man, displaying a gun, and a black female pushed their way into her apartment at about 11 p.m. Wednesday and robbed her at gunpoint.
The Booker T. Washington Apartments complex is a public housing high rise facility located at 1030 Chapline St. in downtown Wheeling. It is operated by the Wheeling Housing Authority.
According to a Wheeling Police Department report, the pair forced their way into the woman's apartment when she opened the door to see who had knocked on it. The resident said the man ordered her to the floor while pointing a gun at her. The male demanded money from the woman and he was able to take "a sum of U.S. currency" from the woman's purse.
The pair then left the apartment. According to police, the woman was not injured during the alleged robbery.
Randall Geese, executive director of the Wheeling Housing Authority, said anyone entering the building must be "buzzed in," and sometimes a resident might answer a buzzer without checking to see who is trying to get into the high rise. Geese said the the building has security cameras throughout the interior and exterior of the structure.
"In fact, we've just upgrade the camera system at all exterior doors and now on each floor. We should be able to determine something that might identify the individuals," Geese said.
Meanwhile, police are continuing to look for the man who robbed the United Bank at 12th and Main streets in downtown Wheeling earlier this week. Police said the suspect, a white male wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, light pants and dark sunglasses, entered the bank at about 1 p.m. He gave a teller a note demanding money and displayed a knife or other cutting tool. The suspect grabbed money from the teller and ran from the bank. He reportedly jumped a fence in an adjacent parking lot and ran onto Market Street.