Three suspects at large following armed robbery in SE Rochester
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - A man was robbed at gunpoint late Thursday afternoon in what appears to have been a drug deal gone bad.
Police responded to the 1400 block of Fourth Avenue SE around 4:40 p.m. to a report of an armed robbery. The victim, 24, said three black men had taken off with his vehicle.
The victim told officers he originally parked his car in the area and arranged to meet a friend. But when the friend showed up, he was with two other men.
The three men got in the victim's vehicle and demanded his money, according to police. The friend flashed a knife and told the victim, "this isn't a joke."
The victim, who was carrying several thousand dollars in an envelope, told the suspects that the money was in the trunk. Truth be told, the cash was really in the victim's pocket.
According to the police report, the victim tucked the money under his seat as he got out of the vehicle. The three suspects also got out of the car and followed the victim toward the car's trunk.
The victim told police that one of the suspects was holding a gun.
Before they could pop the trunk, the victim ran away and called police. The suspects got back in the car and drove off.
Officers found the vehicle later that evening near the intersection of Harbor Drive and Eastwood Road SE. The envelope was nowhere to be found.
Police did not specifically say what the initial meeting was for but noted "it was not a Craigslist deal gone wrong." Authorities said Friday morning that they have some leads in the case.
Note: Location on map is approximate.