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Citra man attempts to rob Circle K gas station with flathead screwdriver

A 49-year-old Citra Man was arrested after attempting to rob a Circle K gas station with a screwdriver.

On November 6 at around 11:30 p.m., a lieutenant and sergeant with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Circle K gas station on 17980 North Highway 441 in Reddick regarding reports of an attempted robbery.

The suspect, later identified as Vincent James Lamura, was disarmed and detained by several gas station employees when the lieutenant and sergeant arrived.

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Vincent James Lamura

An MCSO detective also arrived at the gas station to investigate the incident, and the detective spoke with one of the employees who witnessed Lamura enter the store.

According to the employee, Lamura attempted to purchase beer but his card was declined. This made Lamura upset, and he pulled out a flathead screwdriver and demanded all the money from the cash register.

Several employees rushed over, took the screwdriver, and were able to restrain Lamura until law enforcement arrived.

Lamura told the detective that he demanded the money from the cash register “just to scare them.” During the attempted robbery, Lamura allegedly told an employee, “Don’t make me stab you.”

According to the MCSO report, Lamura expressed remorse and stated, “I don’t know what the (expletive) I was thinking.”

Lamura was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he faces felony charges for armed robbery and aggravated assault.

He is currently being held on $7,000 bond and a court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.