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Man: Robbers told me to call relative for money

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

Decatur police said a man came to them Wednesday with a bizarre story in which two robbers tried to make him phone a relative to bring cash to the place he was being held.

Bryan Lee Colson, 36, told police he was walking on Somerville Road Southeast between College and Magnolia streets Tuesday at about 6:30 p.m., when two acquaintances pulled up beside him in a car, said Sgt. Steve Campbell, a police spokesman.

According to Colson's report, the passenger demanded Colson fork over money he owed him, and Colson argued that he didn't owe him any money.

"The passenger drew a small knife and told him to get in the car. They went to an apartment on the Southeast side of town that he was unfamiliar with," Campbell said.

Argument continues

Inside the apartment, the argument continued.

"The suspect pulled the knife out again and threatened him. He told him to call a relative and have him bring the money he owed. The second suspect began to hit him about the head and shoulders with his closed fist," Campbell said.

Colson told police he then heard a series of noises and tires squealing outside, and the suspects ran out the door.

Colson took the opportunity to leave and got away.

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