DETROIT (WWJ) – An armed robbery on Detroit’s East Side leaves one business in utter disarray Saturday morning. WWJ’s Stephanie Davis reports what happened at the BP gas station on Mt. Clare and Jefferson.

“Here’s what we know at the moment from the owner of this BP gas station, around 6:00 this morning, a pickup truck crashed through this BP, ramming the door and knocking over the ATM which was inside,” Davis said.

According to the gas station owner Abdul Beydoun, the passengers of the pickup truck grabbed the ATM. While this was happening, another car approached the scene.

“One of the vehicles, as you’ve seen, stormed inside of the building. They took the ATM machine causing a lot of damage. And the second vehicle, there were three people, the second vehicle went inside, the person with an AK-47 and pointed it on my cashier and robbed them,” Beydoun said.

After robbing the store, the armed gunman ran from the store and, along with the driver of the pickup truck, got into another car and drove off.

Beydoun is thankful his store’s security cameras captured the entire incident. He said it would probably be at least Monday before he is able to open the store again.

Police crews were able to extract the truck from the side of the building fairly quick.

Beydoun said it was the first robbery he has experienced since being in that location for about seven years. He estimates the damage at about $20,000 to $30,000.

No injuries have been reported. The suspects are at large.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at 313-267-4600. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-SPEAK UP or texting “DPD” followed by your tip to 847411.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and for the latest.

Comments (2)
  1. Son of No Gun says:

    Policing gun control in America brings screams of lost freedoms especially by the NRA. Where are these guys when people begin to use automatic rifles like the AK-47. These things are not recreational hunting devices. They are battlefield artilary. And the guys getting shot are innocent American citizens, not enemies of the United States.

    We need better gun control laws in America to protect American citizens from American citizens carrying offensive weapons of human destruction. A 220 year old American right is showing its age and creating more harm than good.

    1. Kevin Boyles says:

      The reality of it is, making stricter gun laws only take away from responsible gun owners. Making stricter laws will not stop this – if someone is willing to rob a gas station with an automatic rifle – then they obviously don’t have any regard for the law anyways. Also I’m willing to bet most of the time – the guns they have are obtained illegally in the first place. There have been incidents where someone carrying a gun has saved lives such as this story of an off duty police officer ( So many people think that making stricter gun laws is going to stop this – but being a military vet that has served in iraq and enjoys the right to bear arms and go to the shooting range on occasion to shoot automatic rifles legally and responsibly – I disagree with your comment. Make strict laws where no one can legally carry a gun in public concealed or hidden – then you just take away the ability to protect yourself when someone does decide to go on a shooting spree. That shooter could have had a small non automatic rifle and still done the same thing. Ever think many people try to rob a gun store at gun point? I think not – they often target places that are not normally going to have unarmed civilians. Just like school shootings. Also because of school shootings – I believe handguns are not allowed on a lot of college campuses leaving limited means of self defense in a life or death situation. Some of these are extreme scenarios but there has to be a better solution. Its like one person does something wrong and everyone else that has followed the rules has to suffer as well.

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