DECATUR — A Decatur woman in a wheelchair was accosted by a man in a car who implied he had a gun and demanded money, Decatur police said.

Sgt. Josh Sheets said the attempted robbery happened at 3:10 p.m. Friday afternoon as the 50-year-old woman, accompanied by a male friend, was in the 3200 block of North MacArthur Road.

“She said a white car traveling southbound pulled up next to her and the male driver stated, 'I want your money,' ” Sheets said. “He then said, 'I want your money, get in the car.' ”

The woman said she was not capable of getting out of her chair, and Sheets said the man made no attempt to exit his vehicle. After the woman refused the man's demands, Sheets said he told her he had a gun, but she never saw a weapon and he made no move as if to reach for one.

“The woman said her friend ran up to a nearby residence and told them to call the police,” Sheets said. “When they did this, the vehicle quickly reversed and went northbound on MacArthur before turning onto Josephine Drive.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (217) 424-2734 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 423-8477.


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Courts and public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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