Police: Man used fake handgun to rob $1,300 from female acquaintance

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An Anderson woman’s plans to “hang out” ended with a robbery and the loss of more than a thousand dollars.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the woman texted a friend named “Marcus” and got a room with two other women at the Hyatt Place Indianapolis Airport at 5500 W. Bradbury Ave. The man showed up around 1:15 a.m. Monday, and she let him inside.

They talked briefly before the man lifted his shirt to show that he was carrying a black handgun in his waistband.

“Don’t make me use this,” he told her, according to the report. He took the woman’s purse and she chased after him, starting a brief struggle over the bag. The man prevailed and got into a car with an unknown driver.

While escaping, he dropped the firearm, which turned out to be a Crosman BB gun modeled to look like a real handgun.

The woman’s purse contained $1,300 in cash, a cell phone and other items. Two other women inside the room corroborated the woman’s story, the report said. The woman told investigators she’d met “Marcus” only once in person but kept in touch with him via text messages over the last several months.

Police confiscated the gun and are investigating.