Three men attempt armed robbery at Parkway Apartments

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 8:36 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Three men attempted an armed robbery early Wednesday morning at Parkway Apartments, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the apartment complex at 217 W. Broadway, near the Columbia Public Library, at 1:29 a.m. Wednesday.

When the police arrived, the suspects had already fled. The suspects didn't steal anything from the apartment.

The investigation revealed that three victims were waiting for a friend to arrive at the apartment. When the friend arrived, accompanied by two other males, he pulled out a gun and demanded money and the victims' items, according to the news release.

A fight broke out, during which the friend struck one of the victims with the handgun. The suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Officers found more than 20 pieces of drug paraphernalia, including a small amount of marijuana, in the apartment, according to the news release.

There is no suspect information at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS.

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.

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