The suspect Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are searching for is not a famous rapper, but he is well known to employees at the 19th Street Food Stop in Lauderdale Lakes.
Last Wednesday afternoon (July 24), the man, recognized by the store clerk as a frequent customer nicknamed “Pitbull,” walked into the store at 3851 N.W. 19th St. in Lauderdale Lakes holding an unknown long object inside a plastic bag and then proceeded to rob the place.
Surveillance video shows the robber jumping over the counter as he is met by the female store clerk. The woman attempts to get him to leave the restricted area, but he pushes and shoves her as he walks toward the cash register. The relentless clerk follows him toward the register and tussles with the man in an attempt to prevent the robbery, but the suspect grabs a money pouch that’s below the cash register and begins to flee. The clerk yells for help and is seen following the suspect out of the store.
Outside the camera’s view, the clerk’s boyfriend chased the suspect down the street. The boyfriend says he struck the suspect with a rock but retreated back to store as the suspect was being met by a group of friends.
The suspect, whom the clerk says even inquired about employment at the establishment in the past, is between 20 to 30 years of age. He is of Haitian descent but does not speak with a notable accent, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, of stocky build, with a slight belly and a brush cut.
Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Robbery Detective Armando Enrique at 954-321-4270. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.
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