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Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral, in this photo from a St. Louis city government website on local landmarks. The church became a St. Louis city landmark in 1971 and a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

ST. LOUIS •  A man was robbed at gunpoint early Friday on a parking lot near Christ Church Cathedral.

It happened about 1:30 a.m. Friday on a parking lot near the church, at 1210 Locust Street. It was not immediately clear which lot the crime took place on; police gave the address for the church, in the city's Downtown West neighborhood.

Police say a 22-year-old man told officers he was walking in the area when a dark sedan with tinted windows pulled up next to him.

Two men inside the car pointed guns at him and demanded his property, police say. St. Louis Police Officer Michelle Woodling said the robbers took the man's cellphone and wallet. Then they drove off.

The victim wasn't hurt. He called police from a business in the 200 block of North 17th Street.

Officers spotted the sedan in the area but it sped away before police could stop it.

One of the gunmen was described as a black man with light complexion who wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask. His accomplice was described as a black man, about 6 feet tall with a medium build and medium complexion. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

Early on Christmas Day in 2016, a woman was carjacked at gunpoint as she and a friend left Mass at Christ Church Cathedral.

The per-capita crime rate in the Downtown West neighborhood is 71 per 1,000 residents, which is higher than 73 of the city's 77 neighborhoods. However, police report a crime drop.

In the six-month period from October to March, there were 46 violent crimes, which included 14 robberies. During the same six-month period the year before, there were 103 violent crimes, which included 24 robberies.

Authorities asked anyone with information to contact CrimeStoppers online or at 1-866-371-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Kim Bell is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.