Armed robber escapes arrest |

Armed robber escapes arrest

An armed robber who held up a motorist on the shoulder of Interstate 80 Tuesday escaped arrest despite a search by Truckee Police, Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies and the California Highway Patrol, police said Thursday.

On Tuesday afternoon, a 27-year-old resident of Gustine pulled over to check the lug nuts on his trailer near the Boca exit of I-80.

Shortly afterward, authorities said, a red Mazda RX-7 pulled in behind him and the driver offered his assistance.

But assistance is not what he gave the man.

According to Truckee Police Lt. Randy Fenn, the man posing as a good Samaritan, instead pointed a handgun in the face of the Gustine man and ordered him to empty his pockets.

The suspect stole his wallet, returned to his red Mazda and took off westbound down I-80.

The victim drove to the weigh station near where the incident occurred and reported the event to the California Highway Patrol.

Police described the suspect as a black man in his mid-30s, 6 feet, 250 pounds with cornrows and a gold upper front tooth.

Anyone with information concerning the crime is asked to call the Truckee Police Department at 550-2320.

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