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Lottery Ticket Used to Lure Elderly Victim in Armed Robbery

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A lottery ticket was used as a lure for armed robbers to secure a victim Friday in Simi Valley, and an elderly woman fell prey to the scheme. A 79-year-old woman was approached by two suspects asking for help with what they said was a winning lottery ticket, according to ABC7.

The victim got into the suspects' vehicle, which she recalls as being a gray or silver van. The suspects, a Hispanic male and a Hispanic female, took her to a parking lot and demanded money, claiming they would leave her with the ticket so she could cash it in.

"When the victim told them she didn't have the money, the suspects threatened her with a handgun and demanded her jewelry," explains ABC7. The victim complied, was let out of the vehicle, and immediately reported the incident to the authorities with the Simi Valley Police Department, who are investigating the crime.