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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Victim fights back during attempted robbery at D.C. gas station

WASHINGTON (ABC7) - Video released Monday by Washington D.C. police shows a dramatic attempted robbery and assault at a gas station in Northwest D.C. in the early morning hours of Feb. 17.

A dark colored car pulls up to the gas pump and a masked person dressed in all black creeps from the passenger’s side door.

The person exits the car not to fill up the tank, but to apparently steal from a neighboring customer.

The video shows the suspect opening the driver’s side door and grabbing a bag from the victim’s car at a gas station located in the 4500 block of 14th Street N.W.

What happens next is not typical of most robberies.

When the victim sees the man stealing from his car, instead of backing down, he bolts after the suspect, grabbing the bag and tussling with the man inside the suspect’s car.

The two continue to brawl outside the car and the suspect slams the victim to the ground while a second man, the driver of the suspect’s car, leaves the vehicle to help.

The fight continues as the men pull the bag back and forth.

When it looks like the suspects have won out and have possession of the bag, the victim makes a last-ditch effort to grab his property.

He tries to open the robbers' car door, then pulls the bag directly from the driver’s hands.

The suspects slam their doors and drive off.

D.C. police are asking for the public’s help in locating two people and a vehicle of interest in the attempted robbery and assault, which occurred around 5:14 a.m.

Anyone who can identify the individuals or the vehicle or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

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