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Gunman tries to rob jeweler at east Arlington gas station

Gunman in skeleton mask tries to rob jewelry salesman at gas station

Arlington police released surveillance video from a June 2 attempted robbery at an east Arlington gas station that may be related to a similar incident at a DFW Airport gas station that resulted in a man's death.
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Arlington police released surveillance video from a June 2 attempted robbery at an east Arlington gas station that may be related to a similar incident at a DFW Airport gas station that resulted in a man's death.

Police are seeking leads in the attempted robbery of a businessman who was chased down by a masked gunman at a gas station last week while another masked man ransacked the victim’s car, apparently looking for jewelery the victim intended to sell to area businesses.

Police released two videos showing the June 2 attack on the victim, who was not injured, at a convenience store in the 2000 block of East Pioneer Parkway. He had flown in from out of state to do business and had stopped for gas on the way back to the airport, police said.

He was returning to the pump from the store when a gold-colored Chevy Impala that police believe carried three men pulled quickly behind the businessman’s car. Two masked men jumped from the car before it came to a stop, and the victim bolted back toward the store entrance, the security video showed.

One assailant who brandished a handgun chased him while the other searched the car. The victim and assailant reached the store doors at the same time. Someone inside the store could be seen struggling to hold the door shut as victim pulled on the handle, as if to keep the confrontation outside.

The gunman appeared to be pulling the victim back into the parking area but let go and ran back to the Impala, which sped away eastbound on Pioneer Parkway.

The businessman ran to “get away from the suspects and protect the products he was carrying,” a police news release said. It didn’t say whether anything was taken.

The department is working with the FBI and Dallas/Fort Worth Airport police to determine if there is a connection with a slaying Thursday in Irving, police said. Investigators believe that the Arlington victim was targeted for the nature of his business and that it was not a random act of violence.

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Police ask that anyone with information call robbery detective Jeremy Houchin at 817-459-5301. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by contacting Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS.

Robert Cadwallader: 817-390-7186, @Kaddmann_ST

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