MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A man went on a violent rampage Monday at a gas station in Miami—and the alleged victim said it was all over a dollar bill.
CBS4 News spoke to Carlos Castellon who said he was attacked while pumping gas at the Marathon Gas Station on NW 17th Avenue and NW 24th Street in Allapattah.
The man accused of hitting Castellon is homeless, often seen in the area, gas station employees said.
Castellon said he was at pump number two when a man approached him asking for money.
“I told him I didn’t have one dollar, I only had five dollars left over. But that was all the money that I had. He told me he was going to call the police on me. I said, ‘hey man, you know what, I’m going to call the police on you’.”
Castellon said that is when things got violent.
“When I was pumping gas, he came with that pipe and he hit me in the head,” Castellon said.
The force used shattered the pipe, according to Castellon. There were pieces on the ground more than an hour later. Castellon’s ear was sliced.
Castellon said the man also flashed a razor blade at him.
He said his attacker then got physical with two other people, including Bianca Vargas.
She said the same man asked her father for money, so she intervened.
“He come to me and hit me like five times,” Vargas said. “I just blacked out. I fell on the floor.”
Police were called out and quickly took a man into custody.
A detective said the victims were able to identify the man as their attacker.
His name was not immediately released, but he’s believed to be homeless.
Castellon hopes the man gets the help he needs.
“To tell you the truth, I have mental problems myself. But I take medicine and go to a psychiatrist two times a month. I don’t go around the city messing up people’s lives,” Castellon said.
The victims were checked out by emergency personnel, but no one had to be taken to the hospital.