A man working on a drywall project near the Capitol on Tuesday night scared away a stranger trying to rob him by threatening to protect himself with a hatchet, a Lincoln police spokeswoman said.
The 32-year-old was working between 13th Street and Goodhue Boulevard when another man approached him and demanded his money and keys, Officer Angela Sands said.
The robber held his hand behind his back and claimed to have a gun that he would use if the man didn't comply, Sands said.
But the man, who was holding a hatchet for the drywall job, said he wouldn't have time to pull the gun because he would attack him first, according to police.
The robber turned and ran away. Nothing was taken, and no gun was seen.
The man didn't get a good look at the robber.