Local Man Bought Gas For A Friend Who Then Tried To Rob Him

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

WACO (July 30, 2014) A man who came to the rescue Tuesday in Waco when he spotted a friend whose car had run out of gas ended up at the wrong end of a knife after paying for some fuel to get the stranded motorist back on the road.

The victim, who was not identified, told officers he stopped at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to help his stranded friend near the intersection of North 18th Street and Lyle Avenue, police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Wednesday.

He said he drove his friend to a gas station, paid for $5 worth of fuel, and then returned to the car and helped his friend fill the empty tank, Swanton said.

Afterward the friend told the victim to follow him to the Alon store at North 18th and Lyle so he could get some cash from an ATM to repay him, Swanton said.

But after the suspect was unable to use his credit card to get the cash, he walked over to the victim’s car, pulled out a knife and demanded money, Swanton said.

The 35-year-old victim refused to hand over the cash, so the suspect punched him in the face and then drove off, Swanton said.

The victim drove to Waco police headquarters on Pine Avenue to report the attempted robbery.

Police were looking for the suspect Wednesday.

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