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* Watsonville victim was robbed at gunpoint while trying to recover lost cellphone

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A victim was robbed at gunpoint in Watsonville on Tuesday morning when they met the suspect to recover a lost cellphone, police said. A Salinas resident lost his cellphone somewhere in Salinas on Monday and later that day someone called one of his friends and offered to return the phone, according to police. They agreed to meet at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the 24-hour Car Wash at 401 E. Lake Ave.

in Watsonville. When the victim arrived, a man approached him and asked him if he was there for the cellphone. He agreed to wait until the person with the phone arrived. Later, the victim agreed to drive the suspect to a house on Blackburn Street to pick up the phone. When they stopped on East Beach Street and Blackburn Street, the suspect pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his money.

After taking the money, the suspect ordered him to remove his shoes and socks, and then took the victim’s cellphone and car keys.The suspect fled on foot and was last seen running east on Center Street. The suspect was described as a 25- or 30-year-old Hispanic man, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build and a thin face. He was wearing a red baseball cap and had a goatee.

The suspect also mentioned he was part of a gang and ordered the victim not to call police, police said. Watsonville police recommend if your cellphone is missing and someone offers to return it to get police involved to make sure the exchange happens without any problems.

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