SAVANNAH, GA (March 31, 2011): Two Savannah men have been charged after two Downtown robberies within minutes Wednesday morning.

Eric James Brown, 19, was charged with two counts of robbery and one of driving without a permit. Tschaka Zulu Fice Jr., 21, was charged with two counts of robbery and providing a false name and address to police after a 3:40 a.m. traffic stop. Both list the same address in the 200 block of Ferrill Street.

Thirty minutes before the traffic stop, two men fitting their description and driving a white car had robbed a Savannah couple riding bicycles of a purse. The suspects used the car to block the path of a 25-year-old man riding a bicycle on Charlton Street near Barnard Street and demanded the purse that was attached to his bicycle.

The bicyclist ran and the suspects took the purse, which the 23-year-old owner was able to describe in detail.

That robbery occurred just minutes after two men fitting the same description in a white car had attempted to rob a 57-year-old homeless man near Oglethorpe and Montgomery streets. The men had pulled up beside the homeless man who was sitting on the steps of a hotel. One of the men put a black bandana over his face had approached him and demanded money. When he said he had no money, the suspect attempted to hit him until he saw an off-duty police officer through the window of the hotel and ran. The victim got the attention of the officer in the hotel who radioed the alarm.

An Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officer spotted a white Lexus minutes later on MLK Jr. Boulevard and followed it to Gwinnett Street where he stopped it for a traffic violation. The officer noted the description of the car, the occupants and their clothing matched the description provided by the victims of the two robberies. He also noticed a black bandana on the center console.

All three victims identified Brown and Fice who are also suspects in at least two other recent robberies.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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