Daytona Beach Police are looking for a man who attempted to hold-up a local gas station Monday. A report on the Police Department website says officers were dispatched to the Citgo station at 580 Mason Avenue shortly after 8:30 Monday morning. The store clerk reported that he had been threatened by a black man who had walked in and out of the store three times, a half hour prior to the incident. Police say the clerk reported that the third time the man walked in the store, the man went behind the counter and held a small black handgun to the head and neck of the clerk. The man told the clerk to close the front door, and then to open the register and safe.
As the clerk went to close the door, a woman approached the store, but the clerk told her to leave as he was having a problem at the store. However, as the woman walked off, the clerk ran out of the store, held the door shut and told the woman to call 911. The clerk then ran across the street to Daytona Auto Sales and called the police. An employee at Daytona Auto Sales saw the clerk run up, and also noticed a car leaving the gas station. He identified the car as a gold or beige Buick four-door, with dark tint and chrome rims or hub caps. He said the driver was a black male, 5-5 to 5-11 in height, wearing all black clothes and a baseball cap. He also gave police the license plate number of the car.
Meanwhile, Daytona Beach police also identified the car from traffic camera photos, and reported it had been southbound on U.S. 1 from Connecticut Avenue, which is south of Mason Avenue, around the time of the incident. Then shortly before 11 a.m., officers found the car parked at 125 East Orange Avenue, at the Volusia County Courthouse Annex. However, the witness said the driver of the car at that time was not the same person who had been seen driving it from the gas station. The clerk of the store also reported that no money or other items had been taken in the hold-up attempt.
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