While shopping for a new car, a local man got the shock of a lifetime when robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight Sunday afternoon.
Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Warren Grey, 83 of Brazil, was looking at a vehicle for sale at the Hughes Used Car Lot, located at 722 W. National Avenue, when a black male pointed a handgun at him while demanding his wallet.
"He wasn't hurt, that is what is important. We thank the Lord he's OK," a family member said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. "It could have been so much more worse."
Handing over his wallet, Grey was not injured during the incident which he immediately reported to the Brazil City Police Department. Grey told authorities that he thought he had seen the suspect at a gas station before stopping at the used car lot.
A daylight armed-robbery in a public place is an unusual crime for Brazil, according to Brazil City Police Chief Mark Loudermilk.
The suspect is described as a black male, age unknown, last seen wearing a blue wind suit with white vertical stripes and a blue baseball cap. The suspect fled the scene in a light gray full-sized four-door car, possibly a Buick or Ford. The incident is under investigation.
Police Chief Loudermilk urges anyone with information about the robbery, or any other crime, to call the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.
With bold criminals now stepping into the daylight, car lot owner Gayle Hughes isn't sure what the answer is, he's just glad his friend wasn't hurt.
"I'm so very sorry that this has happened, especially on our property and especially to Mr. Grey," he said. "I know Warren very well. A real nice fella. I'm just glad he's OK."
Hughes said he was unsure what security precautions a person, or a business owner, can take to stop criminals who are not afraid of pulling a gun on someone in the middle of the day.
"That man must have been really desperate to rob someone in the daytime like that," he said. "I just don't know what more a person can do."