Robber Mistaken for Hitchhiker

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Updated: May 23, 2017

Investigators in the Toledo District are also looking into an armed robbery that happened yesterday morning just after ten o’clock.  60-year-old, Mercedes de Jesus Madril of Trio Village stopped just pass the Swasey Bridge to pick up a man he thought was a hitchhiker.  Madril, however, became the victim of an armed hold up.  When he stopped his Ford Ranger pickup truck in San Isidro Village to, a man emerged from the bushes with a sawed off shotgun then the two men proceeded to rob him of his wallet with three hundred and forty dollars.  Madril somehow found an opportunity to fight off the robbers and attempted to commandeer the shotgun.  A struggle ensued and the shotgun went off, leaving a hole in the roof of the truck.  The robbers then got away on a motorcycle.