Newport News, Virginia

From the Hampton Roads Daily Press of March 12, 2007

NN robbery victim fights back with gun

A robber got more than he bargained for Monday when he pressed a knife to a truck driver’s throat and demanded cash at 28th Street and Chestnut Avenue.

The driver gave him some money, then began fighting with the thief, police said. The driver eventually grabbed a gun from the truck and fired a shot into the air before demanding his money back, police said.

The robber forked over the cash, then ran.

Police were looking for a bald black man with a light complexion, about 5 feet, 8 inches, and 180 to 190 pounds. He appeared to be in his 40s. His dark-colored shirt was torn during the fight, and he was last seen running shirtless westbound on 28th Street.

The truck driver suffered minor cuts to his fingers and throat, police said.

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