MEDLEY (CBS4)- It was a surreal scene captured on surveillance camera and a day Yamil Gutierrez said he will never forget after a fight erupted between two men at an auto store. Meanwhile, police are reaching out to the public in hopes that someone can identify the men involved.
Gutierrez said it could have been a deadly situation at the business where he works when an angry suspect waved around a handgun at fellow employees before a violent fight erupted between two men. In the video you can see that the fight escalated when one of the employees grabs a lead pipe to end the brawl.
It is all captured in color and on surveillance tape that was released Tuesday afternoon by the Medley Police Department. The violent episode unfolded in six minutes, between 2:47 and 2:53 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5th of this year inside the MOP Foreign Car Parts Division at 8300 NW 74th Street in Medley.
Police released the tape on Tuesday because they have exhausted all of their leads and need help from the public in identifying the men, who are described as white Hispanic males, with medium to heavy builds, short dark hair. Both men are between the ages of 35 and 40. One man is clean shaven; the other has very thick eyebrows and a goatee.
They fled in a newer model black Toyota Camry with four doors and has dark black tinted windows.
Police said it all started when the men are seen pulling up to the store in their car and one of them goes inside to ask for the yard manager. That man is asked to wait a few minutes and then becomes agitated and starts to argue with that employee. The man is asked to leave the business. Police said he then goes back to his car and gets his handgun and places it in his waistband.
On the surveillance tape, he is seen removing it from his waistband, loading a round in the chamber and then waving the gun in the air in front of nearly a half dozen employees, including Gutierrez.
“He got in an argument with one of the employees and then went outside and got his gun and he started yelling at everyone inside the office,” said Gutierrez. He told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “When he went inside he brought his gun. He loaded the chamber and said I’m going to shoot somebody. This guy is a lunatic. We need to get him off the street. Like I say you can’t be waving a gun around like this for no reason.”
Gutierrez and other employees told D’Oench they did not recognize the men and have no idea what made them so angry. Gutierrez said he was sure that they never worked at the store and that they had not been there before.
“We have no idea why they asked for the yard manager or why the one suspect lost it,” said Medley officer Natalie Buissereth. “We are very concerned because someone could have been seriously injured. We are very concerned that he actually went out to his car and got a gun and came back. This could have been a deadly situation and we need to get these people off the street.”
Anyone with information about this case or recognize the men in the surveillance tape is asked to call Medley Police at (305) 883-2047 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).