‘I was scared,’ Newton store clerk robbed at gunpoint

NEWTON, MA (WHDH) – An armed man robbed a Gulf gas station on Beacon Street in Newton Tuesday night.

Police said the man was armed with an unidentified “long gun” when he robbed the gas station at around 9 p.m. Surveillance video shows the suspect demanding the clerk “please” give him money from the register, asking him to hurry up and then grabbing a fistful of cash out of the register.

The robbery took about 20 seconds from the time the man entered the gas station. He never fired the gun and the cashier, Fazal Azim who has worked there for 17 years, was not hurt.

Azim was working alone in the store the night of the robbery and admits he was scared, though he said he never considered fighting back. He also said it was the first time he has seen a crime like this in the city.

Newton Police Lt. Bruce Apotheker said the suspect stole an undetermined amount of cash and fled eastbound on Beacon Street. The cashier said he did not notice if he fled in a car or had someone waiting for him.

Officials say the man was wearing green pants, a gray jacket, gray hat and a white bandanna around his face.

Anyone with information on the robbery or suspect is urged to contact police.


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