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Man robbed in Miller Street driveway

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By Chris Sardelli

Authorities are interviewing witnesses and searching for suspects after a Lancaster man reported he was beaten and robbed in a driveway early Friday, Feb. 1.

Police were called to a home in the 500 block of Miller Street at 12:48 a.m. about an assault, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

There, they spoke with a 47-year-old man who was upset, crying and appeared to have been assaulted, the report said. Officers noticed the victim had several knots on his head and face.

The victim told officers he had been partying sometime before midnight with a group of people, including the two men who assaulted him. He said he purchased drinks for the group to “show them a good time.”

After partying, the victim asked two young men for a ride to his friend’s house near the 500 block of Miller Street. As they were driving, the victim noticed the two suspects following them, the report said.

The victim was let out on Miller Street and began walking to his friend’s house, but was suddenly approached by the two men in the driveway of a home in the 500 block.

That’s when the two men began assaulting him and demanding money, the report said. At one point, one of the men pulled out a 12-inch-long knife and threatened to “cut his face off” if he didn’t cooperate, the report said.

A witness told police they heard the robbery, came outside and yelled at the people to stop assaulting the man.

“They also stated that they saw the knife (the suspect) possessed and that he threatened to cut them if they didn’t return inside,” an officer wrote in the report.
After the assault, the attackers took $200 from the victim and left the scene in a gray Chevrolet Malibu, the report said.

The extent of the victim’s injuries and any updates in the case were unknown Friday afternoon. It is also unknown if any arrests have been made. Calls to the Lancaster Police Department were not returned Friday afternoon.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416