Man demands money from baby-holding store clerk in Miami

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are searching for a man who was caught on video startling a clerk at a Miami store with a sharp barbecue fork, all while the employee was holding her baby.

Surveillance cameras at the R.A. Discount store near Southwest Third Street and 14th Avenue recorded the scene as the subject walked inside on March 8.

He then could be seen approaching the clerk, who was seen holding her baby.

The clerk, who asked not to be identified, described the frightening moments.

“I was working in the store, like, I was playing with my baby,” she said. “Suddenly, this man came, and I didn’t know who was that, so I stood up and held my baby.”

Officials said the subject instructed her to put the baby in the crib, and that’s when he placed a barbecue fork to her stomach and demanded cash.

“He pushed me like, ‘Move, move … kill you, move, kill you’ like that,” the clerk said.

City of Miami Police said he then fled the scene on a bicycle with $1,500 in cash.

“I couldn’t think what to do, like I was thinking I should fight back or I should shout or call police,” the victim said. “I didn’t know what to do.”

After the subject left, the clerk tried to follow him, but she said he was too fast. She then called police.

“I was just nervous for my baby,” she said. “If I was alone, I could fight back.”

It has been weeks since the incident, and the clerk said it still haunts her. “After that, I get nightmares, and I can’t trust anybody now,” she said.

Police are still searching for the subject.

If you have any information on this armed 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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