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Nuria Mathog, Editor
2:33 pm CDT April 10, 2019

The Will County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who allegedly attempted to rob a Frankfort resident at gunpoint on April 9.

A 21-year-old Frankfort man contacted deputies at around 4 p.m. April 9 to report the incident, which he said took place on a walking trail roughly 150 yards from the intersection of Thistle Lane and Arran Drive, according to Will County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kathy Hoffmeyer.

The man said an unknown male subject approached him from behind and asked him for money. When the man denied the request and continued walking, the unknown man became angry, pulled out a black pistol, held the gun to the victim’s forehead and told him that he was going to “blow his brains out,” according to Hoffmeyer.

The man then slapped the pistol away from the offender, causing the gun to fall onto the ground, and the two men began a physical altercation, Hoffmeyer said. A second unknown male subject then reportedly arrived and began to push the man off of the alleged offender, who fled on foot, while the second subject reportedly entered a teal-colored, two-door sedan-type vehicle with no rear license plate and drove southbound on Arran Drive.

The first alleged offender was described as an 18- to 20-year-old man with tan skin and brown hair, roughly 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, wearing brown gardening gloves. The man described the second subject as an approximately 20-year-old blond white male.

The man was not injured and refused medical treatment, Hoffmeyer said. No items were taken from him during the alleged incident.

Deputies searched the area and were unable to locate any individuals or vehicles matching the victim’s descriptions. The black pistol was later recovered and identified as a BB gun.

Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to contact the Will County Sheriff’s Office at (815) 727-8575.

Hoffmeyer also warned area residents to be aware of their surroundings when out on the trails.

“It’s best to be with someone else, not alone, but if you’re alone, please be aware of your surroundings,” she said. “If you’re wearing headphones, make sure it’s at a safe volume where you can hear what’s going on around you.”