A man held a woman at gunpoint at an Atlanta gas station and took off in her car. The terrifying moment, which was caught on camera, shows the man asking the victim for help to get the car started.
Atlanta police have requested for help from the public in capturing the brazen robber who carjacked the victim at a Shell gas station on Moreland Avenue in the Little Five Points area. The robbery happened just after 7 a.m. last Tuesday when a woman was approached by a man who, police say, asked if she had any change.
The woman responded by saying no and she went on to get in her car, that’s when things turned ugly after the man pulled a pistol, robbing the reluctant victim of her belongings.
"The suspect then demands her personal items such as her car keys and everything else. The female then throws some of her personal items into her car and she walks away," said Detective Benjamin King with the Atlanta Police Department.
The woman did not get far as the robber had a problem starting her push-to-start car. Detective king reported that the suspect then called the woman inside the car by brandishing the gun and asking her how to start her own vehicle. The woman gave instructions through the window on how to start the car and then the robber drove off.
The police authorities revealed that the man robbed the woman of her car, wallet, I-phone, credit cards, cash and other things. The act was committed on the side of the Shell gas at 350 Moreland Avenue after she had exited the store on busy Moreland Avenue during the morning rush hour.
"He doesn't care who he hurts or what he takes that's why he did it at 7am. At a busy place? At a busy place," said Heather Webb, one of the customers at the gas station. The police are concerned whether the robber is a novice or a practiced pro.
The police are asking anyone who may come across this guy to avoid confronting him. The suspect is described as a skinny, muscular, black male, 5-foot-7-inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, between the ages of 18 and 25. He reportedly had acne on his face and neck.
One of the customers at the gas station expressed their disappointment after the incident happened saying that, "As tough it can be to let your phone or let your wallet or let your car go, just let it go. It's a lot better than taking your chances with somebody who may not even know what they are doing with a loaded gun,"
Detective King also revealed that the police are working on identifying the robber. Police said the victim was not physically injured. Her stolen car, they said, was recovered. The authorities hope that the $2000 Crime Stoppers reward will lead to tips to find the robber.