Would-be parking lot robber scared away by nearby sirens, police say

Would-be parking lot robber scared away by nearby sirens, police say

A would-be robber struck a man in the head Tuesday night in the parking lot of a grocery store after being scared off by nearby sirens, Madison police said.

The victim told an officer he was walking to his car around 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hy-Vee grocery store at 3801 E. Washington Ave. when someone put an object on the back of his head, according to a release. The victim said the stranger threatened to shoot him and demanded his car keys.

During the incident, the would-be robber was scared away when he heard nearby sirens, but before he left he struck the victim with the object and fled empty-handed with another person, police said.

The victim suffered scraped knees and head soreness, according to the release.

The victim told police following the attack he was in shock, which is why he didn’t contact police until Wednesday.

The attacker is described as a black teenage boy, 5 feet 5 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a yellow scarf covering his face.

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