Failed Mugging In the Central District

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee February 19, 2010

A man out for a walk with his dog in the Central District last week had a close encounter with an armed mugger, but was able to scare the man off before he could take anything, a police report says.

The victim of the attempted robbery was walking his dog on 15th Ave and E Fir Street at about 11:00 p.m. last Friday when a Hispanic man—described in the report as being 19-25 years old, 5'8, 150lbs, with black hair with acne scars on his face—approached him on the street and asked for a cigarette.

When the victim said he didn't have any, the suspect turned and walked away.

The victim continued on his walk, but moments later the suspect approached him again, pulled out a silver handgun and asked "what do you got?"

When the suspect reached for the victim's wallet, the victim shouted "what are you doing?" which apparently frightened the mugger off.

The suspect walked away and met up with another man across the street, and they both left the area.

Police tried to track the robbers with a k9 unit but were unsuccessful.

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