MERCED — Police said a 58-year-old man was injured Sunday night after a robber jammed the muzzle of a handgun into the victim's mouth, breaking one of his teeth.
Merced police said the attack was reported at 10:07 p.m. Sunday. The victim was walking to a market near West Childs Avenue and R Street when he was approached by three robbers, said Lt. Bimley West.
They pushed the victim to the ground and began beating him, police said. One of the robbers then shoved the small caliber handgun into the victim's mouth, according to police, and the robber hit the victim on the head with the gun.
The trio stole the victim's cell phone and wallet, which contained a small amount of cash and fled the area, authorities said. Paramedics responded to help the victim, who refused medical treatment.
Details about the robbers are few. They are described as Latino males, wearing black clothing, ranging in height from 5 to 6 feet tall.
Police ask anyone with information about the attackers to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Anonymous tips can be sent via text message to "TIP411" (847411). Include the word "Comvip" as the message's keyword.
Tips are kept confidential, and callers can remain anonymous.