A 62-year-old Aiken man said a would-be robber let him go after he began to “preach to him about God,” according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


The man told police he was walking on Union Street near Edgefield Avenue about 9:45 p.m. when he was approached by the suspect, according to an incident report. The suspect allegedly pulled a black pistol from his waistband, held it at his side and told the victim to give him money.


“According to the victim, he spoke with the suspect about God and the suspect let him go,” the report stated. The victim then called Aiken Public Safety but did not want to meet with officers at the time. He later called police again to talk about the incident, according to police.


“The victim told the suspect that he was coming from church and began ‘to preach to him about God,’” the report stated. “According to the victim, the suspect stated that ‘you look like kin’ and let him walk away.”


The victim told police he last saw the suspect walking west on Edgefield Avenue. He is described as a black male in his early 20s, about 5 foot 7 inches and weighing 120 pounds. The suspect had on blue jeans, a beige jacket, a blue handkerchief covering his face and a light bandana holding back dreadlocks, according to the report.


The victim kept telling officers “he did not want his name on anything,” but they convinced him to file a report.