Man tells Middletown police he ran from robber who said, ‘We can do this the easy way or the hard way’

A Middletown man told police he was robbed of a cell phone and $5 in change after a man climbed into his car and said: “We can do this the easy way or the hard way,” according to a police report.

Police were called Wednesday night to the corner of Jewell Avenue and Lowell Street on a report of a robbery. The man told officers that after he dropped off a woman — whose name he didn’t know — in the 4000 block of Jewell, a man jumped into the front passenger seat, according to the report.

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The robbery suspect told the man he had a friend who had two guns, though the suspect didn’t show a weapon, the report read.

The driver told police he was scared, got out of the car and ran up the street. A man who lives on the street told police he saw the robbery victim running toward him and he appeared to be “scared and in need of help,” the report read.

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