Indianapolis man robbed at gunpoint while pumping gas

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 26, 2014) -- A man was robbed at gunpoint while pumping gas on the west side Tuesday, prompting a warning to holiday travelers.

It happened at 11 p.m. at the Shell Station on 10th street, just west of I-465 and Ben Davis High School.

The victim, a man in his 40's, told police he was at a pump closer to the building when a guy came up "asking for a cigarette."

When he said he didn't have any, the suspect "pulled out a silver, large frame handgun and pointed it at him at waist level and said, 'Give me your money then,'" according to a police report.

"(It's) easy for us to let our guards down when we do something that we do almost every day," IMPD Officer Rafael Diaz said.

While Diaz said the victim wasn't doing anything wrong, he also warned that it is much safer to fill up during daylight if at all possible.

He also warned that you should call police if you see suspicious activity, since the victim reported seeing a few guys, including the suspect, hanging out near a Domino's Pizza store across the street before the robbery.

Residents told FOX59 they were surprised to hear a robbery took place right at the pump.

"How desperate can you be?" resident Walter Hart said.

"That's just really bold. (It) shows how we've got to be careful and always watch who's coming toward us," resident Vernell Windfield said.

The victim described the suspect as a black male in his late teens, with a slim build, scraggly facial hair and wearing a black hoody with a pattern on the back. If you have any information, call CrimeStoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

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