Tempe Police: Man robs someone for less than $2

Tempe Police reported the following incident Sunday:

A 29-year-old man was arrested March 9 on South Rural Road and East University Drive on suspicion of armed robbery, threat using a deadly weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a police report.

He approached another man and asked if he had any money, police reported. After the other man said yes, the man said that the situation was “a robbery,” then pushed him using two hands, according to the report.

He pulled a knife from his waistband, showed it to the other man in a threatening manner and told him that he was going to “give him what he deserves,” police reported.

The man who was threatened gave him around $1.25 and some change then called Tempe Police, police reported.

The man fled from the scene using a Valley Metro Bus and got off the bus with a woman on Scottsdale Road where he was arrested by officers, according to the report.

When police addressed him, they saw he had a six-inch knife tucked into a sheath around his waist, police reported.

He denied the allegations saying he was with the woman the whole time and that they were taking the bus north to get a hotel room, according to the report.

Upon searching him, officers found $1.57 in change, multiple short cut straws, aluminum foil and glass pipes with thick white residue in the stems, according to the report.

The man who was reportedly robbed identified the man as the one who robbed him, according to the report. 

The man was transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and held to see a judge, police reported.

Report compiled by Megan Janetsky.

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