Near midnight on a dark street in downtown Washington, a large, threatening figure leaps from the shadows and blocks the path of a haggard lawyer walking to the subway. The lawyer flinches, but doesn't stop. The assailant pulls a small handgun from under his ripped overcoat and points it at his victim, who soon complies with a gruff demand to hand over his money.

As he begins to remove something from the wallet, the mugger knocks it from his hand, scattering its contents on the sidewalk. "Where's the money?" grumbles the frustrated thief.

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