Men Steal Thousands From Victim In Rest Stop Scam

A card game turns into a shots fired call for police in Scott County.

Police say a man was approached while eating lunch at the northbound rest area at mile marker 127. The victim says three men asked if he wanted to play a game of cards for money.

The victim agreed, then showed the men the five thousand dollars he had with him. That's when police say the suspects grabbed the money and the victim grabbed his gun.

The victim says he fired six shots at the men as they ran away

Police tell 27 NEWSFIRST the three suspects got away with the money. They don't know if any of the suspects were shot.

Police say this is becoming a common scam at rest areas.


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  • by S Location: KY on Jun 28, 2007 at 03:38 PM
    Seems to me that if he pulled $5000 to play cards for money, he was gambling!!!! He probably was, lost his money and couldn't get it back. So he decided to shoot. Seems to me that he committed the crime!!!
  • by me Location: ky on Jun 28, 2007 at 05:48 AM
    I agree what on earth was the man thinking... Showing 5000$ to total strangers and none the less at a rest stop. Give me a break were you asking for trouble? Do you not read the news? I feel bad for the man and hope that they catch the guys who robbed him and that he gets his money back but I agree with "voice of reason" a fool and his money are soon parted! Also agree with Rana sounds like the other story traffic stop turns into drug bust... Maybe it was a deal gone bad... Sorry sir don't really know you but something must be amiss for you to show total strangers that much cash and to play poker with them at a rest stop?!! This situation is a "here is your sign, wear it"!
  • by jan Location: hazard on Jun 28, 2007 at 05:41 AM
    he should have said boys it your lucky day i,m giving away money. anybody with common sense should know better. hello
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jun 27, 2007 at 09:04 AM
    Why do people even bother fooling with these scammers in the first place? Common sense would tell you to keep walking and ignore them.
  • by Rana Location: KY on Jun 27, 2007 at 07:31 AM
    This sounds more like a crime of opportunity than a scam. The first lesson my mother taught me about carrying cash was to put your small bills on the outside and don't pull out a big wad of cash in front of people. Lest you be robbed. Not to mention the situation the victim might be in today had he killed one of the assailants. Come on people, common sense & foresight, it's not rocket science. I'm wondering if authorities looked in to why this guy had so much cash and a handgun. That part sounds very similar to "Traffic Stop Turns Into Drug Bust".
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Lexington on Jun 27, 2007 at 04:43 AM
    A man just happened to be carrying around $5k in cash and shows it to 3 people he didn't know? Sorry, not much sympathy from me. I hate to be so cold about it, but where is common sense nowadays? I wouldn't call it a scam. It just reinforces that old saying of "A fool and his money are soon parted." Hey mel in lex - your turn.
  • by Kim Location: Berea on Jun 26, 2007 at 09:30 PM
    Who in the world would show complete strangers a $5000 stack of cash in the first place?!? Obviously, this doesn't mean he deserved what he got, but come on! I do hope that justice can be served, despite the victim's poor judgment in this situation.
  • by me Location: here on Jun 26, 2007 at 07:15 PM
    my question is why would anyone be caring around that much money at any given time and why would you show it to strangers????
  • by RED SMITTY Location: Georgetown KY on Jun 26, 2007 at 02:44 PM
    If those mulignans tried to rob me, I would turn the tables and rob them. I see nothing wrong with giving them a taste of thier own medicine!

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