Thief randomly attacks Sarasota woman with tire iron

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – A shocking gas station attack in Sarasota was caught on camera. A woman stopped to pump gas, when a thief ran over and beat her with a tire iron.

The surveillance video shows it’s almost as if he was waiting on the victim.

Just before seven a.m. on Thursday, a man in dark clothing casually wandered around the Radiant gas station on Bee Ridge Road, when an unsuspecting woman returned to her car.

He then runs over with a tire iron in his hand and tries to take her purse.

As she fights him off, he takes a swing at her, hitting her hand.

“It was a random attack, but I think it was a target of opportunity for the suspect,” explained Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mike Dumer.

The brave woman fought him off and the mysterious attacker vanished.

“Our victim gave him a little bit more than he expected,” said Sgt. Dumer.

Bee Ridge Road is a very busy thoroughfare and this crime has the community stunned.

“In the middle of the night it’d be understandable in a bad part of town, but not around here, it’s so safe here,” said resident Jordan Pryor.

“Almost every time I go pump gas there there’s like, two cops sitting there in the parking lot,” Pryor added.

Authorities searched the area and within 30 minutes, they arrested 26-year-old Gregory Scribner.

The woman suffered minor injuries and will be okay, but this scary story serves as a lesson.

“Watch your back for sure. It doesn’t matter how safe the area you’re in. You gotta keep an eye out,” said Pryor.

Scribner was charged with attempted armed robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

He was booked into the Sarasota County jail.

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