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2 MEN ROBBED AFTER BEING FORCED TO DRIVE UP HILL

April 8, 2004 – Two St. Thomas men were kidnapped and robbed of $117 early Thursday morning by two armed men in a pickup truck, according to police.
Sgt. Thomas Hannah, police spokesman, said on Thursday that the victims, who were not identified, had left a nightclub on Back Street around 4 a.m. While they waited in their vehicle at a red light, he said, a man exited the passenger side of a pickup truck in front of them, approached them, ordered them at gunpoint to drive to the Mafolie Hill area and got into their vehicle.
Up Mafolie Hill, Hannah said, the passenger in the vehicle, after being robbed of $2, jumped out and ran down the road. "Several shots were fired at him" by the assailant, but he was not hit, Hannah said.
The assailant also robbed the driver of $115 in cash, then fled with his accomplice in the pickup truck after warning the man "not to follow the suspect's vehicle and not to report the incident to police," Hannah said
Both victims are 21 years of age, he said.
The incident initially was classified as a carjacking; but since the victims were never relieved of their vehicle, the case was reclassified as kidnapping for robbery.
Hannah asked that anyone with information about the matter call the police at 774-2211 or 911.

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