Three armed robberies happening over a four hour span last night have Lafayette Police searching for suspects and trying to figure out if any of them are related. LPD spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton says the incidents happened in the 800 block of North Pierce Street, the 3000 block of Moss Street and the 300 block of Claudia Drive from about 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night until 3:00 a.m. the next morning.

In all, Mouton say two male victims had their cell phones stolen, two other male victims had not only their cell phones stolen from them but also their money and keys, and a woman's purse was stolen from her after she was knocked in the head with a gun.

The armed robbery on North Pierce Street happened around 11:00 p.m. Responding officers say two male victims had arranged to meet with two people to sell two cell phones. As the victims arrived in the parking lot, they noticed a black male wearing a grey hooded sweat shirt with a white t-shirt over it get out of an older model Chevy Impala. Officers say the suspect went over to the victims' car, sat in the rear seat and took out a handgun, demanding their cellphones. Fortunately, the victims were not injured, but the suspect got away, heading south.

Then, around 1:00 a.m., officers say the next armed robbery happened at the carwash on Moss Street. That's where they say they were robbed by two black males, who approached them armed with a handgun and a rifle after a black female approached the victims asking for a dollar. She was wearing all black. The two suspects were described as two young black males wearing gray or black hooded sweat shirts. The suspects got away in a blue older model Ford Taurus. The victims were not injured.

And around 3:00 a.m., officers say the woman had just returned to her home on Claudia Drive when she was struck in the head by two armed suspects after they approached her while she was getting out of her vehicle. The suspects, who were each wearing a mask and hooded sweat shirts, got away in a vehicle after stealing her purse. She was checked out at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Call Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS if you have any information.