Police: Men offer ride to victim with bad knee, rob him at gunpoint
SEATTLE -- We've already covered the inherent danger of giving car rides to strange women. But, you probably shouldn't accept them from strange men, either.
It's a lesson learned by a man who accepted a ride last Wednesday in downtown Seattle only to get robbed at gunpoint, according to the Seattle Police Department.
According to the police report for the incident, the victim was walking near Third Avenue and Blanchard Street sometime between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. when two men offered him a ride home.
The victim, who didn't report the incident for two days, later told officers the men could see he had a bad knee, so he accepted the ride.
But, the men drove past the victim's house and refused to let him out of the car, according to the report. The victim told officers when they finally did stop, the driver pointed a shotgun at him, and the passenger pulled out a handgun.
According to the report, the victim was able to get the shotgun away from the driver but quickly gave it back because the passenger was still pointing a handgun at him.
The men took the victim's ID and $200 cash before kicking him out of the car, according to the report.
The victim, who was unable to describe either the men or their car, told officers he didn't report the crime sooner because he doesn't like calling police.