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WHAT WAS THAT: Man responds when attacker tries to rob him outside South End office

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
August 2, 2010 2:12 pm

From the Inbox this morning:

Do you have information on the armed robbery at Loomis on South G St. this morning?

Here’s the scoop:

A man armed with a knife – and possibly a gun – tried to rob an employee of Loomis Armored this morning outside the company’s South End office.

The suspect failed. He’s not yet been located.

The incident occurred about 7:45 a.m. in the 3700 block of South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The employee parked his private vehicle and got out. He was approached from behind by the suspect, who put a knife to the employee’s throat and demanded the keys to the business, Fulghum said.

The employee did not have the keys and told that to the robber. The suspect repeated his demand and put pressure on the small of the victim’s back. The victim told officers he believed the robber had a gun, Fulghum said.

The employee turned as if to hand the suspect his keys. He drew his own gun and pointed it at the suspect. The suspect ran off on Yakima Avenue, Fulghum said.

The employee suffered a slight cut on his neck. He declined medical aid at the scene.

Officers searched the area but did not immediately find the robber. The robber was described only as a black man, about 25 years old and 6 feet tall.

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