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Police: man robbed, forced into trunk at gunpoint

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police are investigating a robbery in Harrisburg involving a 24-year-old man who was forced into the trunk of a car at gunpoint.

On Jan. 26 at around 3 a.m. officers were dispatched to the Hershey Medical Center on a report that a robbery victim was there for treatment.

The victim told police that he had been at Bill's Café in the 2300 block of Derry Street when he went out to his car for a few minutes. He was sitting in his car charging his cell phone when another man approached the passenger side window and asked for a light.

The victim gave him a lighter, but soon felt that the man was suspicious and pulled away.

The man then put on a face mask and dove into the open passenger side window. He revealed a handgun and yelled at the victim to drive off.

When the robber ordered the victim to stop the car, the victim noticed that a dark-colored minivan was behind him. Another robber got out of that van and joined the first robber.

They forced the victim to get into the trunk at gunpoint. The victim complied, and the robbers drove off.

The victim was able to find the trunk release and open the trunk. He discovered that the robbers were driving on I-83 near the Bass Pro Shop.

The robbers saw him open the trunk and yelled at him, ordering him not to do it. As the car sped up, the victim rolled out and onto the roadway.

He suffered numerous contusions and abrasions, but he was able to get a passing motorist to stop and call for help.

The victim's car was later found in Swatara Township near Penhar Drive. The victim's wallet was in the trunk, but his cell phone and a small amount of cash were missing.

The victim was treated for his injuries and released.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information may contact police at 717-255-3118.

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