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Man violently beaten at Lehigh Acres ATM

Posted at 9:20 AM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 09:20:45-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The search is on for the person who violently robbed a man Tuesday at an ATM in Lehigh Acres.

The victim tells Fox 4 that a gunman pistol-whipped him in the arm and head, and he has the wounds to prove it.

He says he was making a transaction at the ATM outside the Suncoast Credit Union on Beth Stacey Boulevard when the suspect rushed up, demanded money, attacked him, and then took off.

"I went to make a withdrawal from my account, and as soon as I turned around I had a handgun in my face. And the young man who had it said 'if you don't give me your money, I will shoot you.'  So I automatically handed him the money."

Deputies have not released a description of the suspect. But if you know anything, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

Linda Fales, VP of Risk Management at the credit union, issued the following statement after the incident:

"Due to the nature of the crime, the matter is now in the proper hands of law enforcement. However, the safety of our members is our primary concern and we will not only cooperate with law enforcement, but we will also prosecute to the full extent of the law.”