Although the crimes of theft and burglary can take place without a victim present, robbery occurs when the victim is present and faces possible injury or fear.
The victim does not have to be the person threatened directly for robbery to take place. The threat can be against a third party, such as a spouse or child.
If a deadly weapon, such as a gun or knife, is used in the commission of a robbery, the charge is elevated to armed robbery or aggravated robbery. In some cases, armed robbery can be charged if the robber pretends to have a weapon.