Police Search for Rocky Hill Gas Station Robber

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    NBCConnecticut.com
    Gas station clerk Aziz Sheikh was alone when his gas station was robbed.

    A manhunt is underway for an armed robber who targeted a gas station in Rocky Hill on Monday morning.

    It happened at 3:45 a.m. at the Shell gas station along the Silas Deane Highway.

    Rocky Hill police said a gunman walked into the gas station store and demanded money from the clerk, Aziz Sheikh, 31, who was by himself during the robbery.

    “I was shocked. I thought maybe I was going to die right there. And this is my last moment.”

    Sheikh said the robber took the money and ran off.

    “After he left, I took…a few seconds, thought about what happened…then, I called 911.”

    Rocky Hill police are working alongside state police and authorities in Wethersfield to track down the suspect.

    He’s described as a thin black man in his late 30 and was last seen wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt and a black cap.

    Although Sheikh wasn’t hurt during the armed robbery, some can’t help but think how lucky he is to be alive.

    “Any gas station or places like this that are open 24-hours—these guys are vulnerable. Anybody could come in at any time during the night,” said Jim Buchta of Trumbull.

    Sheikh said he’s thinking about getting a safer job.

    “Working like this is life-threatening. I would’ve been dead by now. I’m still alive. That’s good.”

    Anybody with information on this robbery is urged to call Rocky Hill police.