MERCED — An 18-year-old man was robbed of his wallet and cell phone Friday at knifepoint, while walking near West Childs Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced police reported.
The incident happened about 7:20 p.m., police said, while the victim had been walking home, according to Lt. Bimley West.
The victim said a small, dark-colored four-door sedan pulled up beside him and stopped near the intersection. An unidentified Latino male in his late teens or early 20s exited the rear passenger door of the car, walked up and asked what gang the victim belonged to, police said.
The victim told the robber he didn't identify with any gang. The robber pulled a knife from the waistband of his pants, pointed the weapon at the victim and demanded his wallet and cell phone.
Fearing for his life, the victim complied with the robber's demands. The robber got back into the car, which last was seen traveling north on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The victim said four other people were inside the car when the robbery happened.
Police ask anyone with information to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Residents can text a tip to TIP411 (847411) using "comvip" as the first word in the message. Tips are kept confidential, and those providing tips can remain anonymous.