Robbery victim pulls his own gun on suspect, police say

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DENVER — After being paid with counterfeit money, a robbery victim took matters in to his own hands, according to police.

Two men met in a parking lot at Evans and Broadway Thursday where one planned to sell the other a laptop, police said.

However, when the buyer tried to use counterfeit money to pay for the laptop, the seller confronted him, police said.

The suspect then acted like he was carrying a gun and threatened the victim, police reported.

In retaliation, the victim pulled out his own gun then called 911, according to police.

Investigators said the victim had a concealed carry permit and was allowed to have the handgun.

During the phone call to 911, a homeless woman intervened apparently trying prevent anyone from shooting, Denver Police said.

While the victim was distracted by the woman, the suspect escaped to a restaurant nearby and then told staffers he was the victim of a crime.

When officers arrived, they managed to sort everything out and identify Earl May Jr. as the suspect.  He is being held for investigation of robbery.

May has previous arrests for theft, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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