Alley robbery attempt lands man in jail

Bail $130,000 for the 34-year-old who showed knife
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A 34-year-old man remained in jail Monday after an alleged attempted robbery in Downtown Auburn Sunday night. Darrell Eugene Polk was being held on $130,000 bail after he was arrested for allegedly threatening a 25-year-old man with a knife and demanding his money. At about 10:59 p.m. Sunday, the male victim was walking south on Lincoln Way near 835 Lincoln Way when Polk approached him, according to Sgt. Dave Lawicka in a news release issued Monday. Polk reportedly asked to “bum” some cigarettes from the man, who gave him a few, Lawicka said. Polk them pulled the victim by his coat into an alley between 835 Lincoln Way and the north side of the Auburn Promenade building where he showed a knife and demanded money, according to Lawicka. The victim pushed Polk away and ran into the Club Car to call the police. Auburn Police officers search the Downtown area for a man matching the description from the victim. Officer Ian Ackard found Polk allegedly pretending to be sleeping on the front deck of St. Luke’s Church on the corner of Lewis and Orange streets, Lawicka said. Police then brought the victim to Polk’s location. He identified Polk as the suspect and Polk was arrested without incident. He remained jailed Monday on a felony charge of attempted robbery. ~ Staff report