Gunmen rob Manchester gas station, hold pump attendant hostage
A police unit at the gas station in Knockpatrick which was robbed by gunmen on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Kasey Williams)

MANCHESTER, Jamaica — Police are probing the scene of an armed robbery at a gas station in Knockpatrick, Manchester, on Tuesday evening.

Preliminary reports are that about 6:00 pm, five gunmen held up the establishment. During the robbery, pump attendants were reportedly held hostage.

A man who was robbed of his cell phone at the gas station described the frightening experience.

“I just saw a guy step out with a kerchief covering his mouth… him pointed the gun on the pump attendants saying ‘gi mi the money’ so him come over to me and seh ‘give me the phone’. I said to him that he could have it,” the man told journalists.

“I just want to give God thanks because there is power in the name of Jesus,” he added.

The gunmen reportedly forced a pump attendant into an adjoining mini mart where they took an undisclosed sum of cash.

They also stole cell phones among other valuables before fleeing in a waiting motor car.

Sources told OBSERVER ONLINE that in recent months the gas station has been targeted by criminals.

– Kasey Williams

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