Man robbed at gunpoint in E.C. South Shore station lot

2013-09-04T13:45:00Z 2013-09-04T20:32:06Z Man robbed at gunpoint in E.C. South Shore station lotLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

EAST CHICAGO | A 42-year-old Gary man told police he was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of the East Chicago South Shore commuter rail station.

According to Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Transit Police Chief Bob Byrd, at 1:44 p.m., the man was walking near East 15th Avenue and Broadway in Gary when he was approached in a vehicle by an acquaintance he only knows as "Mr. Franklin." Franklin asked the Gary man if he would like a ride.

Franklin said he had to run an errand and drove the man to the East Chicago station, where he pointed an older model .45-caliber handgun at him and demanded he hand over his wallet.

Byrd said the two men began to argue and Franklin threatened to shoot and kill the Gary man. The victim handed Franklin $80 and the gunman drove away with the victim inside the car before dropping him off at W. 151st Street and Northcote Avenue in East Chicago.

The Gary man told police the gunman also took his cell phone and threw it out the window.

The gunman is described as as a black male in his late 50s standing 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds with a mustache and goatee, Byrd said. He was driving an older model, four-door tan Nissan Sentra.

NICTD transit police are asking anyone with information about Franklin or the vehicle to contact them at (219) 398-6000.

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