Hitchhiker orders woman to cash check at gunpoint

A hitchhiker robbed a 67-year-old woman of her purse and an unknown amount of money after demanding that she cash a check at a CB&T Bank in Phenix City, Ala., according to a Columbus Police report.

The woman told police she picked up a stranger on Fourth Street, who said he needed a ride. After she drove him to Phenix City he pulled out a pistol and demanded all of her money. She had no cash, however, so he forced her to write a check for an unknown amount and cash it at a CB&T Bank.

After leaving the bank, he took assorted items from the woman's car and told her to drive back to Columbus. She turned onto Third Avenue near Sixth Street, where he made her stop and exited her vehicle, grabbing her purse and CB&T debit card as he went.

The woman described the man as a skinny, 34-year-old black man who was between 5-feet-4 and 5-feet-6 and had a short hair cut. Police also listed a tall black woman with a "heavy build" as a suspect, but did not record an explanation of how she was connected to the case.

No arrests have been made. If anyone has any information about this incident, contact the Investigations Division at 706 653 3400.

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