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Billy Joe Martin: Man caught on video stabbing Miami gas station clerk over stolen beer can

Billy Joe Martin: Man caught on video stabbing Miami gas station clerk over stolen beer can

A man was arrested in Miami on attempted murder and other felony charges after being caught on surveillance video repeatedly stabbing a gas station clerk who confronted him about shoplifting, according to police.

Billy Joe Martin: Man caught on video stabbing Miami gas station clerk over stolen beer can
Surveillance video shows suspect Billy Martin stabbing a gas station clerk Monday.

Billy Joe Martin, 39, of Phoenix, was arrested and booked into the Miami-Dade County jail on charges of attempted felony murder, armed robbery, burglary with assault or battery, and battery on a law enforcement officer.

The brutal attack occurred around 1 p.m. Monday at the Mobil gas station in the 570 block of NW 79th Street in Miami, where an employee working the counter allegedly observed Martin grabbing a beer can from a refrigerator and slipping it into his pocket.

Martin allegedly turned on the clerk after he was confronted about stealing a can of beer from a cooler.
Martin allegedly turned on the clerk after he was confronted about stealing a can of beer from a cooler.

According to an arrest report cited by NBC Miami, the store clerk walked up to Martin, asking him, “What did you put in your pocket?”

The question allegedly sparked the accused shoplifter’s rage, causing him to punch and then stab the clerk, repeatedly thrusting a knife into the victim’s back and face.

Billy Joe Martin: Man caught on video stabbing Miami gas station clerk over stolen beer can
Billy Joe Martin

The horrific attack was captured on surveillance video from the store, as well as the victim’s efforts to fight off the assailant, who also grabbed a pack of Newport cigarettes during the bloody melee.

Despite his injuries, the wounded clerk was able to lock the store to prevent Martin from fleeing, and then locked himself inside the cashier’s area, according to WSVN.

Martin appeared in court Tuesday and was ordered held without bond.

When police responded, they arrested Martin and placed him in the back of a patrol car, where he started ramming his head against the Plexiglas partition, according to the arrest report.

The suspect later allegedly spat at a police officer and yelled racial and ethnic epithets at him.

source:summarybio.com