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A man was robbed at gunpoint in a Wendy’s parking lot in Pinole on Sunday night after answering a Craigslist ad posted by someone who claimed to be selling car parts, police said. The victim, a 20-year-old Oakland man, had agreed to meet the seller, who identified himself as “Arthur,” in the parking lot of the Wendy’s at 1581 Fitzgerald Drive at about 9:25 p.m., police said.
The victim brought a friend, and when they arrived they saw the alleged seller’s car in the parking lot and approached the vehicle. Two men were sitting in the car, and told the victim the parts were in the back seat and that he should get in and examine them, police said. The victim got into the car and one of the suspects pointed a rifle at him and said, “Hey, check this out,” the victim later told police.
The man handed over the cash he had brought to buy the car parts. The suspects also demanded that the victim hand over his cellphone, but he refused and tried to get out of the car, police said. The driver grabbed him by the wrist, but the victim got away, and he and his friend ran back to their car. The suspects drove away, heading west on Fitzgerald, police said.
Their car was described as a tan or gold four-door 1995-2000 Toyota Camry with front and rear tinted windows. The car’s license plate number is similar to 41SF770, police said. The driver was described as a Hispanic man between 23 and 25 years old and about 6 feet tall, with a light complexion, black moustache and goatee and black “twisted hair,” police said. He was wearing a black-and-red baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt, and reading glasses.
The passenger was also described as a Hispanic man in his early 20s, 5 foot 8 inches tall, with a muscular build, light complexion and short black hair. He was wearing a plain black T-shirt and blue jeans. The passenger also had a gun, which he pointed at the victim’s friend as the friend stood outside the suspects’ car during the robbery, police said. Neither the victim nor his friend was injured in the robbery, police said.
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