(Crystal A. Proxmire, Feb. 25, 2017)
Ferndale, MI – A midnight shift clerk is hospitalized with a minor concussion after being struck on the back of the head with a pistol during a robbery early Saturday morning, according to the manager of the Citgo gas station at the corner of 8 Mile and Pinecrest.
Sam Ouza said that in the 25 years his family has owned the Citgo “nothing like this has happened. We are just shocked.”
The robbery occurred around 3:30am on Feb. 25. Ouza said two black males wearing black masks entered the store and pulled open the plastic divider that protects the cashier area. He said one of the men struck the 24-year-old clerk in the back of the head with a pistol.
“He was bleeding. He ran out the door to try and get away, but he was bleeding so bad and he just fell down,” Ouza said. “He will be okay, but it’s very scary. He could have been shot.”
Lt. William Wilson said the clerk was able to make it to the Shell station at 8 Mile and Livernois to call the police.
He said that robbers got away with the safe as well as the VCR that records the surveillance camera footage.
Ferndale Police Community Liaison Sgt. Baron Brown said the police have “nothing to give right now,” when asked for information.
Ouza said as far as he knows the suspects are still at large. The gas station reopened later Saturday morning.
Anyone with information can contact Ferndale Police at (248) 541-3650.
Note: This story was updated at 3pm to include information from Lt. Wilson.