Florida man, 88, carjacked at gunpoint while on his way to buy Mother’s Day gift for wife

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Investigators in Florida are searching for the man who reportedly carjacked at gunpoint an 88-year-old on his way to buy a Mother’s Day gift for his wife.

Robert Rodriguez was running errands on Thursday afternoon when he was approached by someone in a parking lot of a Bealls department store off Highway 19 in New Port Richey, WTVT reported.

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When the man held a gun to Rodriguez and demanded his wallet, the 88-year-old told WFTS-TV he played dumb.

“I was still in the car when this guy appeared from someplace and put a gun in my side and asked for my wallet,” Rodriguez said. “I pretended I didn’t understand. Finally, he told me to get out of the car give me your keys; give me your keys.”

The suspect allegedly stole the 88-year-old victim's car and abandoned it less than a mile away, officials said.

The suspect allegedly stole the 88-year-old victim’s car and abandoned it less than a mile away, officials said.
(Pasco County Sheriff’s Office)

The elderly man, who was trying to buy pajamas for his wife of 64 years, said he gave the suspect his keys and was pushed to the ground, sustaining a dark purple bruise on his left arm and cuts on his legs.

His vehicle was found less than a mile away from the department store, abandoned on the side of a building, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

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A witness who saw the suspect exit the vehicle said the man’s name may be “Allen,” and he might be nicknamed “Killa” or “Killer,” according to authorities.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-706-2488 and reference case number #19-019309.



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