Lincoln residents threatened with gun after answering knock at door, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Two unsuspecting Lincoln residents were held up at gunpoint after answering a knock at their door over the weekend.

The first report of an armed threat came from an apartment near 13th and E Streets just before 7 p.m. on Friday, Lincoln Police say.

Officers spoke with a 39-year-old man, who told them he heard a loud knock and opened his door to an unknown man holding a gun.

The victim, who had just moved into the apartment two days prior, told the man he had nothing to steal, according to police.

After about a 20-second exchange, the man left the apartment, according to police.

Another report came from a home near 51st Street and Prescott Avenue on Saturday around 12:30 a.m.

A 22-year-old man said he opened his door to an unknown man after hearing a knock, according to police.

The stranger asked the victim if he could borrow the victim’s phone.

When the victim handed over his phone, the man pulled out a handgun and demanded he hand over his credit cards, police said.

The armed robber then left the home, according to police.

Officers were able to recover the phone as they were checking the area, police said.  The victim also canceled his credit cards before they were used.

Police are unsure if the two cases are connected.

An investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information on either case is asked to call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

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