Bay Street robbery foiled after seniors yell for help

Near the location on Bay Street.

On Monday night near 10 p.m., two men in their 70s were walking on Bay Street near Scott Steet when they were approached by a group of three men in their 20s who demanded their wallets — but that attempt was foiled after the seniors began shouting for help and drawing more attention than the would-be robbers wanted.

Here's a report from the Beaufort Police Department:

Just before 10:00 p.m. on August 13, 2012 three suspects attempted to rob two men at the intersection of Bay Street and Scott Street.

The two victims, aged 70 and 76, were browsing store windows when three suspects came up from behind and accosted them. The suspects demanded the victims' wallets and one of the suspects struck one of the victims with the butt of a pistol. The victims refused to comply and began to yell for help which attracted the attention of other people. The suspects fled in separate directions and one of the victims got in his car and drove to his house where he called 911.

Before the 911 call was made an officer on patrol in the area came upon the scene. Additional officers responded and searched for the suspects but did not locate them. The victim who was struck was treated at the scene by EMS. The description of the suspects was of three African-American men in their twenties wearing hooded sweatshirts. The one who had the pistol was described as wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans. Investigators have obtained surveillance video from a nearby business to analyze in case the crime was caught on tape.

Anyone with information on this case is requested to contact Investigator Erdel at 322-7958 or the 24 hour dispatch office at 524-2777.

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