CONCORD -- Police are asking for the public's help finding a man they say robbed and beat a victim who had given him a dollar moments before.
Shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, police say, the victim, an adult male, was walking to his apartment in the 1600 block of Pine St. when the suspect approached him and asked for a dollar.
The victim gave the suspect the dollar. The suspect then demanded the victim's cell phone and wallet, and the victim refused, police said.
The suspect then struck the victim, knocking him to the ground, police said. The suspect then drew a shotgun and hit the victim in the head and face with its butt end. He took the victim's wallet and ran away, police said.
The victim was hospitalized with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening, police said.
The tactic the suspect used was a common one, police Lt. Steve Dyer said. The suspect did not look like a panhandler, but asking for money is a common trick robbers use to get people to remove their wallets and take their eyes off the robber, Dyer said.
Police released Friday a sketch of the suspect and are asking the public to help them find him. He is described as a black man aged 25 to 30, six feet tall and thinly built, and clean-shaven. He was seen wearing a white long sleeve shirt and dark blue or black pants. He had been seen in the area earlier walking with another man.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Thomas Parodi
Contact Sean Maher at 925-943-8013. Follow him at Twitter.com/OneSeanMaher.