HAZELWOOD, Mo (KMOV.com) -- A man in north St. Louis County said he was trying to help three men who asked him for a ride, but instead they pulled a gun on him and robbed him Friday afternoon.
When Hazelwood Police responded they were told that once everyone was inside the vehicle that's when one of the suspects displayed a small caliber handgun, demanding the victim's wallet and cell phone.
"I couldn't really do nothing, because he had the gun to my head," the victim, Edmund Smith, said, "I was just trying to be nice to them and take them where they were going, because it wasn't that far from my house."
The incident happened near the 8400 block of Latty Avenue. Police said the suspects did get away with Smith's wallet and cell phone, but he was not hurt in the altercation. The suspects then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
According to the victim, the suspects were described as three black males, approximately 18 to 20 years of age. The suspect displaying the handgun was described as having long dread locks, wearing a blue shirt and blue pants. No further descriptions were obtained and the investigation is on-going.
Hazelwood PD said this is the third armed robbery in that area of the city in the last few weeks. The department would not say if the incidents were connected, but they did say the descriptions of the suspects were similar to a carjacking that happened on September 30th.
"I've been here 41 years and never seen them in the neighborhood," Smith said, "I just thank the Lord I am still alive, because I could have got killed."
Police said they have identified possible suspects, but no arrests have been made.