San Leandro police say two men were held up at gunpoint Sunday morning, and were forced to drive to an ATM and withdraw money before being tied up and left for police to find.
“This was a very bold crime and we are asking public assistance with any information regarding this case," said police department spokesman Lt. Jeff Tudor.
According to a police statement, at 12:44 am Sunday officers were called to the 700 block of Castro Street where they found two men, ages 27 and 25, in a vehicle with their hands tied behind their backs.
Police said the victims honked the horn until they were spotted by a local resident, who alerted police.
Upon releasing the men, officers learned that the victims had pulled into the parking lot at 2600 San Leandro Boulevard (see map attached) where they had been approached by the suspect, who forced them back into their car at gunpoint, threatening to shoot them if they did not obey.
The victims said they were forced to drive to an ATM in the 1200 block of Marina Boulevard, where they were ordered to withdraw money.
The suspect then had the victims drive to the 700 block of Castro Street where he tied their hands behind their backs and fled on foot with about $500 in cash.
When it was safe the victims honked the horn to get attention.
Police described the suspect as an adult black male, 6 feet 3-inches tall, weighing 180lbs, wearing dark clothing and armed with a handgun.
Anyone with information can call the anonymous tip line at 510-577-3278.