Police: Man robbed of own gun trying to sell weapon in Rock Hill

A man was robbed with his own gun, which he had planned to sell to a buyer in a Rock Hill parking lot, according to police.

The robbery happened Thursday night outside the Subway in the 2200 block of Cherry Road, according to a Rock Hill police report. The victim reported the crime about 45 minutes later.

The victim told police he posted an ad on Facebook to sell guns in York County and received a message from someone interested in buying his Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol. They agreed to meet at the restaurant, police said.The victim was in the car with his girlfriend and their child in the backseat.

The suspect pulled into a parking spot near the restaurant and approached the driver’s side window, at which point the victim handed him the gun, police said. The victim told officers the gun “was not loaded but did have a magazine with 10 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition.”

The suspect looked at the pistol, racked the slide back and chambered a round, at which point he pointed the gun at the victim and fled on foot, police said. The victims said they waited to call police because they were scared and needed to get the gun’s serial number.

The victim’s girlfriend corroborated his story, and he positively identified the suspect from a photo lineup, police said. Detectives obtained warrants for the suspect for armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

The suspect, who was not identified in the report, has not been apprehended.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala