MIAMI (WSVN) - A woman working at a check cashing store in Miami said she had the scare of her life when a robber dressed all in black jumped down from the ceiling and hit her, Friday morning.
The employee, who asked not to be identified or show her face on camera, said she heard a strange noise and backed away from her desk at the Diva Multi Services store, located on Northwest Second Avenue, near 57th Street.
All of a sudden, she said, the robber jumped down from over the business’ security wall. “I heard something, ‘boom.’ When I looked up, [he was] on top of me,” she said. “He put the gun on me, and he said, ‘Give me all the money.'”
Surveillance cameras captured the tense moments, just after 9:30 a.m. “This brazen robber comes in like a ninja!” said Miami Police Lt. Freddie Cruz.
The subject could be seen pointing a gun at the woman’s head and demanding cash. “Very, very, very, scary,” said the employee. “I thought I would die that day.”
The robber dragged the clerk around and then stuffed cash into a bag.
Moments later, he hit her. “She was cooperative, and she had this gun pointed at her head the whole time, and then being pistol-whipped, just for cooperating,” said Cruz.
“Somebody never, ever slapped me in my face. That is the first time somebody slapped me,” said the employee.
The clerk said, in that moment, she was thinking of her 6-year-old son. Praying she would survive, she handed him more cash.
Just a minute later, it was over. The robber left the same way he came; he jumped over the wall and got away.
The employee said she is still reeling from the incident. “I’m scared. I don’t want to go out. I don’t want to do nothing,” she said.
Cruz said her assailant should be considered armed and dangerous, and he urged the public to contact police with any information that could lead to his capture. “At any given moment, they could pull the trigger. This could turn from a robbery to a homicide,” he said. “We know that someone out there might recognize this individual or know something about this crime, and we need you to come forward.”
The employee said she is still terrified and will not be coming back to work at the check cashing store.
If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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