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      Police seeking suspects in robberies of international students

      Myrtle Beach police have released composite sketches of two men wanted in connection with two recent armed robberies of J1 students in south Myrtle Beach.

      Both men should be considered armed and dangerous, police say.

      J1 students are foreign students living in the area under the J1 visa program and working hospitality jobs over the summer season.

      The first suspect, pictured on the left above, is being sought in connection with an armed robbery that took place around 10th Avenue South and Oak Street.

      The victim told police that a dark red four door sedan pulled up near her and the suspect got out of the vehicle and approached her while holding a knife.

      She said the suspect did not say anything but grabbed her arm and started taking her bag. She resisted and was pushed to the ground and her bag was taken, according to a release from police.

      The suspect then got back into the car and left.

      Police say the suspect in this armed robbery is about 5 foot 8 inches tall, with a slim build, short black hair and a clean shaven face.

      The other suspect, pictured on the right above, is being sought in connection with the armed robbery of a J1 student near the Walgreens in the 300 block of South Kings Highway.

      The victim told police that she and the suspect passed each other on the sidewalk, and the man then turned around and approached her from behind.

      She said he pointed a small black handgun and demanded her bag. She gave it to him and he took off.

      Police say the suspect in this armed robbery is about 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has a heavy set build and a clean shaven face.

      Anyone with information on either man is asked to contact Myrtle Beach Police at 918-1382.