A violent robber reportedly pulled the trigger of a handgun while pointing it at a young man at an Excelsior district bus stop Wednesday night.
However, it turns out the gun was actually a water pistol.
Officers were called to the area of Naples Street and Persia Avenue about 11 p.m. on a report of an armed robbery, police said. A 20-year-old woman and 19-year-old man told police they were approached at a bus stop by three men, one of whom was carrying what looked like a handgun. In the dark of night, Police Officer Gordon Shyy said, the victims were convinced it was real.
After the goons demanded property, Shyy said, the woman handed over her cellphone. They then turned their attention — and the gun — on the man. When he tried to hand over his belongings, the armed suspect pulled the trigger.
But it did not fire; it “squirted.”
The 19-year-old then tried to wrestle the water pistol away from the suspect and retrieve the woman’s cellphone, but he was struck on the head with the gun by another suspect, Shyy said.
All three suspects fled and no arrests have been reported.
The victim was treated at a hospital for a laceration to his head.