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Posted by: Lisa Mitchell
A sharp dressed man ambushed an armored van in the Bronx on Tuesday and exchanged gunfire with a guard before making off with nearly $80,000, police sources said.
The suspect was wearing a suit and a long, dark gray topcoat when he approached the Rapid Armor Corp.
vehicle at around 10:30 a.m. outside a check cashing business at 1471 Westchester Ave, according to sources and witnesses.
When he demanded that one of the guards hand over the two money bags he was carrying, the armored car company worker pulled his pistol and shots ensued, sources said.
No one was struck, though, and the suspect managed to flee with the bags, which contained $78,200.
“I heard seven or eight shots,” recalled Enrique Zuniga, who was just one block away at the Westchester Avenue Car Wash & Lube shop when the shootout unfolded.
The 71-year-old had just gotten his 2012 Nissan Rogue washed and was getting it dried by workers when a bullet came flying through the passenger side front door.
“I was in the car, I heard the sounds,” said Ceasar Mendosa, a 44-year-old employee.
“I thought someone threw a rock at the window,” he explained. “I stuck my head out and the rest of the bullets went off. I heard seven or eight shots. I ducked my head and ran inside.”
Zuniga added that the well-groomed gunman had been brazenly blasting off rounds while standing in the middle of the street.
Surveillance footage shows the thief hopping into the back of a black sedan positioned a block away outside 1171 Colgate Ave. as he makes his getaway.
Police are still investigating.
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