A man is accused of running over a gas station manager after stealing $22 worth of fuel on Long Island, and now law enforcement is asking the public for help tracking down the culprit.
Cemal Dagdeviren, 59, died on Monday after being struck by an SUV at the Pit Stop station in South Hempstead, Long Island outlet Newsday reports.
The driver allegedly tried to pay with a fake credit card, which a gas station clerk refused to use.
“When it became apparent that he did not have any money or did not have any means to pay for the fuel, he tried to get out and make his way into the car and flee out of there,” Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said at a news conference.
He said that Dagdeviren tried to stop the driver.
Video surveillance footage of the incident, obtained by Fox News, appears to show Dagdeviren putting his hands on the hood of the SUV before the suspect mows him down.
“This male accelerates and then runs over our victim, causing his death,” Fitzpatrick said.
That male, described as a black man in his 30s with a thin build and wearing a knitted cap, is now wanted for vehicular homicide, according to police.
Dagdeviren was taken to the hospital, where he later died. He described as a father of two from Levittown, according to Newsday. He was reportedly a punctual and dependable worker.
The suspect’s car had no license plates, left headlight, registration or inspection stickers on its windshield. It is a dark-colored GMC Yukon or Suburban.
Anyone with information to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 800-244-8477.
The incident mirrors another case that ended in an arrest earlier this week, when a woman accused of fatally running over a Las Vegas nail salon owner in an attempt to skip out on a $35 manicure was nabbed by bounty hunters in another state after spending weeks on the run.
[Photo: Nassau County Police Department]
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