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Armed suspects rob St. Louis nonprofit that works to curb violence

Police said two men walked through the front door of Cure Violence and took a man’s wallet at gunpoint.
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ST. LOUIS — A 55-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint Friday night after two armed suspects entered the office of a St. Louis nonprofit and demanded the man's wallet.

Officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a call about a “hold-up” at about 10:35 p.m. Friday at the Cure Violence office located at 5504 Natural Bridge Rd.

According to the incident summary, the victim was sitting at his desk when he heard the front door open. Seconds later, two armed men entered the victim’s office and pointed their handguns at him.

The suspects took the victim’s wallet, ran from the business and drove off in a silver Buick LaCrosse.

Police said both suspects were between 20 and 25 years old. One suspect was dressed in all-black clothing, and the other was wearing a gray hoodie.

The investigation was ongoing as of Saturday.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story erroneously associated the Cure Violence office impacted by the robbery with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. The Cure Violence office associated with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is located at 6050 Goodfellow Blvd — not the office location at 5504 Natural Bridge Rd, where the robbery took place.

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Better Family Life is a nonprofit community development organization working to "stabilize inner-city neighborhoods." One aspect of its mission is a gun violence de-escalation program.

Life Outside of Violence "helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence."

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has an anti-crime program called “Safety Net for Youth Initiative,” which is a joint partnership with St. Louis Public Schools to provide services to at-risk youth.

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