Convenience store clerk recounts terrifying moments during robbery

A still image of the robbery suspect.

Syracuse Police are searching for the man who held up a local gas station. The terrifying moments for the store clerk were caught on tape.

The man walked into the Sunoco gas station on Wolf Street in Syracuse around 9:45 p.m. Monday. His hands were up to his face and he told the clerk, Robbin Martin, he wanted to get warm.

"The next thing I know he comes up to the counter and he has a silver handgun and he goes 'give me the money'," Martin said.

That's when Martin opened the register, but when she wasn't moving fast enough the man came around the counter demanding she go quicker. "He says 'grab a bag and put the money in the bag now', so I put the money in the bag. I was shaking trying to put it in there," Martin said.

The money wasn't enough, and that's when she says the man told her to open the safe. On the surveillance tape, you can see him walk her towards the back room. "He goes 'open the safe before I shoot you'. I said 'I can't, I don't have a key'. He goes 'open the safe'," Martin said.

When he couldn't get in, Martin says the man forces her to the ground and threatens to shoot her again. "He 'goes lay down before I shoot you'. So I laid down on the floor and he goes 'stay there, if you get up, I'm going to shoot you', and that's when he must've took off," Martin said.

Police are still searching for the man who is in his 20s. He was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt at the time and was last seen headed down Fourth North Street. If you have any information, call Syracuse Police at (315) 442-5222. All calls will be kept confidential.