Hollywood police are seeking the public’s help to solve a Christmas Eve armed robbery that left a young 7-Eleven clerk with severe head and face injuries.
The clerk, 23-year-old Thomas Newsome, was beaten so badly, he spent several days in the intensive care unit at Memorial Regional Hospital, police said.
The heist happened about 2:50 a.m. Monday, when three masked men stormed into a 7-Eleven at 3451 Sheridan Street, according to Hollywood police Lt. Nicole Coffin. They wore all black clothing and had hoods on their heads and bandanas covering their faces, police said.
Some, if not all, the robbers had guns, and much of the crime was caught on camera. Customers on Friday said they were alarmed by the crime.
All three robbers went behind the counter. The clerk, 23-year-old Thomas Newsome, was forced into a back office, where he was beaten by one robber, police said.
The round fired by the robber missed Newsome, police said.
The robbers ran away with a cash register.
Clerks at 7-Eleven said Newsome has since been released from the hospital. But he still is recovering from his injuries, they said.
Told of the robbery, customers said they were alarmed. “It's always calm,” said customer Danny Pagnani.
Authorities ask anyone with information about the robbery to call Hollywood police at 954-967-4411 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.