According to the Sun Sentinel, at midnight, in the parking lot of a West Palm Beach shopping center, 32-year-old Steve Manos thought making a USD to bitcoin exchange would go smoothly. Instead of getting his $28,000 converted to 42 bitcoins, Manos ended up getting robbed at knife-point.
In a statement given to the police, Manos met with two men to exchange USD for bitcoin; he had done business with both of them several times before.
The business transaction took place outside a restaurant in West Palm Beach. One man got into the passenger seat of Manos’s car with the laptop that would be used to transfer the bitcoins and the other man got in the back seat behind Manos. 28 gift bags of cash, $1,000 in each bag, were transferred from Manos to the man in the front seat. The man in the front seat had no intention of using the laptop to finalize the transaction and instead pulled a knife on Manos. A struggle ensued when Manos attempted to reach for the handgun he had hidden in the passenger door but the man in the back seat fought to prevent the gun from being drawn.
Manos, not wanting to die