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Three people escaped uninjured following an attempted armed robbery early Sunday morning in downtown Columbus.

Shortly before 1 a.m., three people were walking to their parked vehicle in the former Sears parking lot near Third and Jackson streets when a man approached them from behind and said, “This is a robbery, I want your money,” police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

The suspect had a semi-automatic pistol, Myers said. The three individuals told the man they didn’t have any money, he said.

The assailant made several other statements, including a warning to one person who accidentally touched him, Myers said. The suspect then fled empty-handed on foot north in the direction of Hotel Indigo, Myers said.

The three individuals drove a few blocks toward the Columbus Police Department before they called 911, Myers said.

The suspect is described as a bi-racial black male with a thin goatee, age mid- to late-20s and between 6-foot to 6-foot-3 inches tall. He was wearing a black long sleeve shirt and black pants.

While officers searched the area, they were unable to locate the suspect, Myers said. Columbus police are continuing to investigate.

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