Man pulls gun in confrontation over gas pump skimmer, deputies say

Lazaro Castro arrested in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A gas station owner in Lake County said he's tired of crooks targeting his pumps, so he was armed and ready for a suspect last weekend.

Jaykumar Patel told News 6 that on Saturday afternoon, he got an error message on his register. He said he went outside to check what was going on at the gas pump.

"I knew that something was going wrong, so I was ready," Patel said.

Patel said when he approached, Lazaro Castro, 43, had a wire device attached to the pump.

Patel said he yelled at the man to stop and then pulled out his handgun.

Patel said Castro quickly started his vehicle and drove off.

"I saw the wire going in," Patel said. "Then I busted on his door, kicked on his door. And then he yelled at me, so I went back and pulled the gun out."

Lake County deputies spotted the vehicle a short time later and arrested Castro. Inside that vehicle, deputies said, Castro had several electronic devices.

"We can check the cameras -- who was it -- and we can report it to the cops," Patel said.

Castro is on probation for a 2016 conviction in Orange County, where he's alleged to have used compromised credit cards to steal fuel.


About the Authors:

Ryan Burkett joined the News 6 team in 2015 as a news producer. He's produced The Morning News and the award-winning ClickO on the Go since 2017. The Tampa native graduated from UCF with a masters in mass communication in 2012.

Troy graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. He has reported on Mexican drug cartel violence on the El Paso/ Juarez border, nuclear testing facilities at the Idaho National Laboratory and severe Winter weather in Michigan.