Man who robbed victim of cancer treatment money sought by police

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

PHOENIX -- Police are looking for information and help identifying a suspect who allegedly robbed a man being treated for cancer at gunpoint.

The victim is a 23-year-old man who is undergoing cancer treatment and is in poor health, according to a Phoenix Police Department press release. On June 29th, the victim picked up a large some of cash from his aunt.

The money was the proceeds from a fundraiser the aunt had held to help pay for the victim's treatment. After receiving it, the victim went to St. Mary's High School in Phoenix to watch a friend of his play basketball.

As the victim was leaving the basketball gym, he heard someone yell at him from behind and he was knocked to the ground. The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded money. The victim handed the suspect the envelope containing his aunt's fundraising cash.

After getting the money, the suspect ran to a white Buick in the parking lot and attempted to leave. The suspect hit a green pole while leaving the parking lot, which caused damage to the car's passenger side mirror and door that could potentially help identify the vehicle.

The suspect is described as a 20-25 year old, approximately 6-foot-4 black man. Phoenix police detectives are asking for anyone with knowledge of the suspect or the investigation to call Silent Witness at (480) W-I-T-N-E-S-S.

Silent Witness callers can stay anonymous and can potentially earn a reward of up to $1000.