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VIOLENT ROBBERY CAUGHT ON TAPE A “Major” Arrest

BSO Case Number: OP02-09-11205 & PB02-09-11676
PIO Number: 02-10-5
Date: September 28 & 29, 2002
Time: 2306 & 2129
Place of Occurrence: see victims

Victim(s):

  • Amoco, 2091 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Oakland Park
  • The Freeze Food Mart, 2050 Hammonville Road, Pompano Beach

Suspect(s):

  • Clarence Major, 32, 7/12/70, male, 4190 NW 21 Avenue, apt. K302, Oakland Park

Description of Incident:

Desperate for money to buy illegal drugs, an Oakland Park man who opened fire in two convenience stores last weekend, has been arrested by Broward Sheriff's Office detectives.

The most violent case took place the night of Saturday, September 28th in an Oakland Park Amoco store at 2091 West Oakland Park Boulevard. The two gas station clerks experienced some very scary moments around 11 p.m. when Clarence Major entered the store carrying a loaded .45 caliber handgun and demanding money. With bullets flying, customers ran for cover while the clerks, who were stationed behind a bulletproof glass, ducked under the counter. After about three minutes, one of the clerks passed Major $200 through the money-exchange opening to get him to leave.

Through their investigation, BSO Robbery detectives learned Major was a frequent customer. After obtaining his full name he wasn’t hard to find because he was sitting in jail after being arrested the next night (Sunday, September 29th) following an armed robbery at the Freeze Food Market in Pompano Beach, located at 2050 Hammonville Road.

This time Major’s efforts were foiled when an alert citizen using the pay phone outside the Freeze quickly dialed 911 to report the robbery that had just occurred. The man got suspicious when he saw Major wrap a bandana around the lower section of his face and enter the store.

BSO deputies were quickly dispatched to the area. After Major entered the store, he placed a loaded .380 caliber pistol at the clerk’s head while he emptied the cash register. When Major fled the scene, he fired one shot toward the witness, who escaped without injury. Major was taken into custody a short distance away at a church where he said he ran for safety. The gun, stolen cash, and bandana were all recovered.

Miraculously, no one was injured in either incident. Major remains at BSO’s Main Jail on a no-bond hold, charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count of carrying a concealed weapon by a career criminal, and one count of aggravated assault with a firearm.

After serving 10 years in prison for robbery, Major was placed on probation by the state of Georgia. Major had his probation transferred to Florida on April 8, 2002.

MEDIA NOTE: A DECENT COLOR SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF THE AMOCO ROBBERY FROM SATURDAY IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR REPODUCTION AT BSO’S MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE UNTIL 5 P.M. TODAY.

INVESTIGATORS: Robbery Dets. B. Kerr & D. DiPerna, and Sgt. W. Wesolowski, CI
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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