57-year-old Clifford Campbell says he was robbed of his rent and light money at gunpoint. The armed robbery happened less than a mile where a local cab driver was robbed and shot three weeks ago.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local man is robbed of his rent and light money at gunpoint less than a mile from where a cab driver was shot three weeks ago.
"Two guys approached me, they rushed at me and they had a gun at me, they was asking for my money and I told them I didn't have any at the time but they kept asking me and kept on bothering, and I had about 700 dollars in my pocket, cash money," said Clifford Campbell, a robbery victim.
On Friday morning, in broad daylight, Clifford Campbell says he had just taken out 700 dollars from the bank. He was walking along a back trail at 1900 Payne Avenue to the Kozy Korner on Myrtle Avenue to pay his light bill. The convenience store is an authorized location for JEA, but he never paid his bill and had to hand over his rent and light money to two masked robbers.
"It would have cost me my life, so I gave them my money and they went running off towards the opposite way towards Myrtle Avenue," said Campbell.
The police report says the suspects, dressed all in black with masks, put a large semi-automatic hand-gun to Campbell's head. The location is only 0.7 miles from where local cab driver Carlton James Jr. was also robbed and shot by two passengers three weeks ago. According to SpotCrime, the area considered Moncrief, has had at least nine reported burglaries, 13 thefts, and 17 assaults in the last two months. The incident has Campbell shaken up - but he says he's going to take advice from police.
"They've given me some better advice, never carry cash money on you, so I've learned from this incident," says Campbell.
Campbell was also planning on using that money to pay his rent which is due on Monday. He says he's disabled and unemployed, but a friend is helping him out with his light bill.
Police are still searching for the suspects in the cab driver shooting. Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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