VACAVILLE — A marijuana peddler nearly fell prey to an armed customer Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of a Marshall Road apartment complex.
The dealer met up with his customer around 5:30 p.m. and began their transaction, which was interrupted by the customer pulling out a handgun. The customer balked and then bolted, running off into the apartment complex without having taken the marijuana.
Police were called and quickly set up a perimeter around Marshall Road and Peabody Road. A search of the area included a California Highway Patrol helicopter checking nearby backyards, but the would-be robber was not found.
The victim described the armed customer as a 6-foot-tall black man in his 20s wearing a Bob Marley sweater, a baseball cap and a backpack. The victim also provided police with a possible name of the customer and his telephone number.
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