A would-be robber fled empty handed after trying to hold up another man at gunpoint on Tuesday, police said.
The crime took place at about 11 a.m. in the area of Wright Avenue and Elmira Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A local man in his early 20s was standing in the 700 block of Wright Avenue, awaiting a ride, when he noticed a car drive past him and pull over along Elmira Street, according to the lieutenant.
The driver got out of the car and approached the victim with a revolver in hand, he said. He ordered the victim to raise his hands in the air.
The victim began to yell “he has a gun,” which apparently startled the would-be robber. The gunman ran back to his car and sped away.
Police initially described the gunman as a Latino man in his 30s, wearing all-dark clothing and armed with a chrome revolver. He drove a black, older-model sedan.
Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.