Arco Employee Held up at Gunpoint in Huntington Beach: ‘I Thought I Was Going to Die’

Police in Huntington Beach are searching for a man who robbed an Arco food mart at gunpoint late Monday night.

The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. at the Arco station located at the intersection of Edwards Street and West McFadden Avenue.

Arco employee Randy Carbajal said that’s when he saw a man wearing a bandana in the passenger seat of an SUV driving in the parking lot.

“Immediately I knew that something bad was going to happen,” Carbajal said.

Surveillance images from inside the store showed the robber pointing a gun at the cashier counter after entering the store.

The gunman demanded money, which Carbajal said he immediately placed on the counter.

“I thought I was going to die,” said Carbajal, who started working at the store in February.

A second employee was in the store but was in a separate room at the time of the robbery, Carbajal said.

The robber, who Carbajal described as a Latino man with an accent, then fled the store.

The gunman was wearing a dark blue or black bandana with a baseball cap and a long-sleeved shirt.

Correction: This post has been updated to correct the spelling of Carbajal's last name.

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