MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are searching for a man who robbed two men at gunpoint at a Miami Marathon gas station.
Surveillance cameras were rolling outside of the gas station, located in the area of Northwest 20th Street and First Court, just after 2 p.m., Monday.
A man could be seen pumping gas into his white Ford Fusion while a passenger sat inside.
Shortly after, a black Nissan Sentra pulled up to the pump across from the car and a man could be seen walking towards the man pumping gas.
Officials said he produced a firearm and demanded the belongings of the man standing outside of the car before he made his way to the passenger side.
The victim is seen complying and handing over a chain.
The subject also allegedly robbed the man inside of the vehicle at gunpoint before fleeing the scene.
“It was quite brazen — at gunpoint in broad daylight,” said Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat. “It’s important that people remember that we have to be on alert at all times, regardless of the time of day.”
Detectives are looking for a man believed to stand approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing between 145 to 150 pounds.
He has a fade haircut and was last seen wearing a white bandanna with a paisley design, white T-shirt, blue jeans and white gloves.
The black Nissan Sentra is believed to be a 2010 model.
7News spoke to a few customers at the gas station who reacted to the incident.
“Oh, my God,” said Alvaro Laro after seeing the surveillance footage. “How can that happen? You’re charging gas, and the guy has a gun in his hand?”
“It’s how it happens on the streets,” added Vick, another customer. “You just got to be careful out here.”
“It’s unpredictable out here,” another customer said. “Anything’ll happen.”
Police said this armed robbery is the latest example of a gas station stop turning dangerous.
According to Miami Police, two friends came under the gun when a pair of carjackers attempted to steal their truck at a 7-Eleven gas station along Northwest 79th Street, around 7:30 p.m., on June 30.
The crooks could be seen in surveillance video pulling up to the gas station and ambushing the victims.
Officials said the passenger of the targeted vehicle ran inside the station for help after being forced to exit the car at gunpoint, while the driver hopped onto the truck’s bed just as the crooks took off with his truck.
Police said the robbers didn’t get far and fled the scene on foot after the driver fought back with his own shotgun.
“Right there and then is when I came to realize that I could have died,” the victim told 7News during a previous interview.
If you have any information on either of these armed robberies, 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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