Anniston police Lt. Fred Forsythe said an Anniston man was walking near the 700 block of West 15th Street around 2:30 p.m. when an acquaintance stopped him and asked for money. When the man refused, Forsythe said, the suspect pulled out a knife and stole all the money the man had on him, which amounted to $1.
First-degree robbery with a deadly weapon is a class B felony in Alabama and carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Michael Bradley, 50, who identified himself as the alleged victim to a reporter Monday morning, said he knew the man who asked him for the money in an alley behind 15th Street. Bradley said after he refused, another man jumped out from behind a bush with a knife and demanded Bradley empty his pockets.
Attempts Monday afternoon to reach Lt. Forsythe to clarify Bradley’s story were unsuccessful.
Bradley said he was only carrying $1 with him at the time.
Bradley said this wasn’t the first time he had been robbed at knifepoint. He said a similar incident occurred while he was living in Gadsden, but could not recall how long ago that incident took place. Because of a disability, he said, he was unable to fight back in either instance.
Bradley said he was familiar with the man who asked for the money and knew of him through a relative. He identified the alleged robber to investigators on Monday, but police were unable to obtain an arrest warrant because of the Columbus Day holiday.
Forsythe said the typical penalty for armed robbery in cases similar to what took place Sunday is 18 years in prison.
“Eighteen years for $1,” he said. “Hope it was worth it.”
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