Man pretends to be undercover cop to scare off would-be robbers in Ypsilanti park
Ypsilanti police say a 26-year-old man pretended to be an undercover cop to scare off two men who attempted to rob him at gunpoint at a park on East Cross Street Saturday evening.
The man told police he went to the park at 7:15 p.m. to sell a video game system he had listed for sale.
The man said he was approached by two men, one showed him a gun in his waistband, and they demanded his property, a police news release said.
The victim told police he quickly decided to pretend he was an undercover police officer, which scared them away, the release said. The victim left and called police once he reached a safe place, reports said.
Officers checked the park and were unable to locate the men.
Ypsilanti Sgt. Kevin Dorsey said he did not have information on whether the robbers lured the man to the park to rob him or whether there was a legitimate buyer, and the gunman happened to be there at the same time.
The would-be robbers were both described as black and in their mid-20s. One was about 6 feet 1 inches tall, with a medium build, short braided black hair, and wearing a black T-shirt with a red T-shirt under it, and black gym shorts. The other was 6 feet 3 inches tall, heavy build, wearing a black T-shirt, black baseball cap with an Old English "D" on it and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call Ypsilanti police at 734-483-9510.