NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two workers inside a bodega were tied up and a third was held at gun point during an armed robbery in the Bronx.
CBS2 has obtained video that shows the men laying on the floor while the money was stolen.
An armed trio of robbers walked into the One Legend Deli on East Gun Hill Road, tied up two workers in the 24-hour store and pointed a gun at the cashier, CBS2’s Clark Fouraker reported Monday.
“Over the counter pointed at him. The gun had a dot — like a laser — and it was right at his chest,” said Tamir Lopez, the co-owner of the deli.
Lopez showed CBS2 photos of the suspects police say walked into the store at about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. His brother is the man in the video working behind the counter on the overnight shift.
“He’s really upset and he’s more upset because of the way they treated the guys, tied up with the handcuffs and everything. It was not nice at all,” Lopez said.
The suspects already had two workers tied up in the back corner of the store, and then forced third worker back there, too, before leaving out the front door to a car waiting outside, CBS2’s Fouraker reported.
“This is actually a very safe neighborhood. Things like this, they don’t happen that often. I’ve never heard of something like that happening around here,” Norwood resident Melissa Lora said.
Residents in the community said they are now worried the aggressive crime during the overnight hours will impact when the store is open.
“Eventually, they were going to hit him anyway because he stays open real late. He’s the only store open and now he’s going to be closed and I’m going to have to go farther to get to the store,” a resident named “Luis” said.
The robbers got away with around $1,100 in cash. They fled in a dark-colored four-door sedan. They were described as Hispanic men wearing dark clothing.
“You’re trying to make a living and some guy comes out of nowhere to take your money and run with it. It’s like … we work hard for that money,” Lopez said.
The cashier held at gunpoint was able to free the other employees after the robbers left. Police said they now need help finding the men who covered their faces during the armed robbery.
Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.