Deal Gone Wrong Serves as Cautionary Tale for Holiday Bargain Shoppers

Published : Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 6:29 AM

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A man trying to buy a car for $1,000 thought he was going to get a bargain, but instead bought himself a whole lot of danger when he was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night.

Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema reminded the public that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

The holiday season in particular usually sees an uptick in “great buys” which turn out to be scams, authorities said.

The victim in this case met the car’s “buyer” about 10:00 p.m. near the corner of Forest Avenue and West Hammond Street.

The suspect said the car was nearby and said he would drive the victim to inspect it. The victim got into the suspect’s vehicle.

After driving for about one block, the suspect pulled over, produced a handgun, and demanded the victim’s cash.

The victim complied and escaped from the car. The gunman drove off.

The victim was uninjured but too shaken to provide police with detailed information about the suspect or the car, other than it was a white, four-door sedan.

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