The wording from the Daily Crime Report is straight forward. 1st Precinct -ROBBERY 5/1/12, 9:15 p.m., 200 block of West 15th Street, A male reported he was robbed at gunpoint by three unknown males.
The details I just received in an email paint a much more vivid and disturbing picture.
You might remind your readers to be aware of their surroundings and not let their guard down. I live on the 200 block of West 15th Street. Around 9:15 or 9:30 pm on Tuesday, three high-school aged African American males approached me from the direction of Dogtown Dance Theater (walking north on 15th) as I stood on the sidewalk outside of my house. I asked them how they were, and they repeatedly asked me for a dollar. Finally, one put a revolver to my head and ordered me to the ground. They took my phone and wallet at this point. Then they asked me if anyone was home with me. I’m a terrible liar, so I told them no, nobody was home with me. They took me into my house at gunpoint. I led them upstairs to my room, as I knew my computer was there and I could give them that. They didn’t want the computer. They kept asking where the gold was. I don’t have any gold.I was ordered to the floor of my bedroom. After looking for things, they decided on taking a gallon bucket of spare change. The kid with the gun trained on me asked the other kid who was upstairs whether he should kill me. His friend thought for a second and just replied, “Mmmm…naw.” He told me to stand up. As I stood up he kicked me back down. He told me to stay down and stood on my ankle. The third kid who was downstairs yelled something, and I was either kicked or pistol whipped in the side of my face/head by the kid with the gun. And then the three ran off.The oldest of them couldn’t have been more than 16 or 17. The youngest looked closer to 14.I don’t have good descriptions because I made an effort to look away from them after the gun was drawn.The police responded very quickly, but I don’t imagine they’ll find the kids given how little they have to go on.