HOUSTON - Deputies need help finding a man who kidnapped a driver at a southwest Houston gas station.
Harris County sheriff's deputies said a 28-year-old hospice nurse was headed to a patient's home shortly after midnight on Oct. 16. As he was driving, a light on his dashboard indicated that the air in his tires was too low.
The driver stopped at the Gulf station in the 13600 block of Bellarie Boulevard.
"When I looked around, there was no one there," said the driver, who did not want to be identified. "When I got out of the vehicle, put the coins in the machine, I bent down to get air."
Another man approached the driver, put a gun to his head and demanded the driver get back in the car and head south on Eldridge Parkway, investigators said.
"I thought I'd either die today or go home with a gunshot wound," said the victim.
The attacker demanded the driver's personal belongings, officials said. He complied.
"This guy has my identification. He has my wallet. He knows where I live," the victim said.
When they got to a secluded area near Eldridge Parkway and Old Richmond Road, the robber told the driver to stop near a bridge, investigators said. The driver accelerated and tried to grab the gun, detectives said.
The robber fired a shot and the two struggled, deputies said. The car veered off the road and hit a large pile of dirt.
The driver got out of the car and hid. The robber ran away, officials said.
The robber was described as black, 30 to 40 years old, about 6 feet 1 inch tall and slim with spotty facial hair and possibly some gold teeth.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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