WILKES-BARRE — A man walking down Hazle Street early this morning had need to draw on the firearm he carried when two men attempted to rob him at gunpoint.
It was about 1:20 a.m. when the man, whom police have identified only as a white male, was walking on Hazle Street toward Wilkes Barre Boulevard in the area Bank Street, police said.
Two black males confronted him, and one had a gun, he told police.
“What do you got for me?” one man said to the victim.
He told police he grabbed his attacker’s gun with one hand and drew his own firearm. The man does not have a concealed firearms permit, but carries his gun under Pennsylvania’s open carry laws, police said. The robbers fled.
He later told police his attacker’s gun felt like it was made of plastic and possibly a toy bb gun.
The victim described the armed man as being tall, between 5 feet, 6 inches, and 5 feet, 8 inches tall, skinny and between 18 and 23 years old. He was wearing a black, gray and possibly brown checkered sweatshirt with a hood. He told police he could not identify the second man.
Anyone with information should contact Wilkes-Barre City Police by dialing 911.