By Andy Cordan
COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man with cancer, riding a bike across the country to raise awareness for the disease, was held up at gunpoint in broad daylight Wednesday in Columbia.
It happened around 1 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 43 and Highway 7 in Columbia.
The man, who News 2 is choosing not to identify, was riding his bicycle down Highway 43 and turned onto Route 7.
The man was pulling a small trailer behind him with a sign that reads, “Riding for a cure. My bucket list. A 5,000 mile journey”
The victim said he planned this bicycle trip across the country as part of his bucket list for his cancer ride. He was riding his bicycle from Florida to Illinois, and from Illinois to Oregon. It was typical for vehicles to come up behind him and donate money to him.
According to police, that’s when a blue Toyota Corolla pulled up behind the cancer patient and honked the horn.
The bike rider walked to the car and the driver put a gun in his face, stealing the man’s cash.
The rider called 911. “Yeah, I’ve been robbed. I’m doing a bicycle ride for cancer. A gentleman in a Corolla pulled up behind me and honked, so I got off my bike and I went back towards his car. When I got up to him, he pulled out a pistol and he asked for my money. I’m kind of freaking out right now.”
News of the robbery enraged citizens in Columbia Thursday, with one woman telling News 2, “They need to catch them, and then they need to get cancer.”
The gunman is described as a heavy set white male in his 30s, wearing a blue shirt with a fish pattern and shoulder-length hair pulled back.
He is driving a 1990s blue Toyota Corolla.
Anyone with information is urged to call Columbia police at 931-388-2727.
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