Mom shares terrifying tale after being held at gunpoint during armed robbery
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (CBS12) —
A young mother stared down the barrel of a gun as some suspects got away with a cash register at a gas station in Fort Pierce.
The armed robbery was caught on surveillance camera last Wednesday around 7:15 p.m.
Breanna Diehl said she works at the BP gas station along South U.S. Highway 1 to support her 2-year-old son.
The 20-year-old said all she could think about in those tense moments was her toddler.
“I turned around and I had a gun pointed in my face,” Diehl said.
In hopes someone might recognize them, Fort Pierce police released the video showing one man pointing a gun at Diehl, while the other lunged over the counter.
“He pulled it back, and he put his finger on the trigger,” she recalled.
Diehl said a third person was outside, waiting.
“It’s pretty much you know how they say, ‘You can see your life flash before your eyes?' That’s pretty much what I was going through at that given moment,” she said.
The crooks grabbed the cash register and took off north on foot.
Diehl said they got away with about $1,100.
“I probably wouldn’t have made it home to my son,” she said. “I don’t want him to grow up without me, so I have to do what I have to do to make sure that I get out of here alive.”
One of the suspects is described by police as a black male wearing a red hoodie, tan cargo shorts and tan boots. The second man wore a black hoodie, blue jeans and black shoes.
The third suspect, who was not captured on camera, wore all black.
This incident comes after another employee was shot during an armed robbery back in May, according to Diehl. She’s terrified, and is now taking matters into her own hands.
She posted signs outside the BP gas station that reads, “no hoodies allowed” and “smile for the cameras” in hopes to scare off future thieves.
Diehl wants these criminals off the streets so she can feel safe at work.
“I hope God has mercy on their souls, because what they’re doing is very bad,” she said.
Anyone with information that can lead to the identity or location of the suspects, please call Fort Pierce PD Detective Diego Combe at 772-467-6902.