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Suspects sought in violent store robbery

April 25, 2012 4:11:07 PM PDT
Mike Javier owns Monte's Supermarket on 15th Avenue in Newark, a fixture in his neighborhood for 40 years.

He has 16 security cameras and 3 very scared but lucky employees. At 10:30 Monday morning, two young men wearing hooded sweatshirts under jackets walked in.

They pretended to buy a drink and then a man in black pulls out a silver semi automatic handgun and demands money from the female cashier.

"She drops. As soon as she sees the gun she just drops to the ground," Javier explained.

Another employee puts his hands behind his back.

"He tells him to get down. He does, and then bam, he hits him," Javier said.

The gunman split his head open. Within minutes, it's all over. A puddle of blood on the floor and 3 workers who thought they were going to die.

Manny Santana was one of them.

"I mean you never think it's gonna happen," he said.

The pair of thugs got just 154 dollars, but what they took from Manny and the others cannot be measured.

"Get up every morning and go to work and they come in here to do that. It's not fair," he said.

"I just really want them to get caught cause the kid didn't have to get hit like that. And the girl, she went home and broke down. She has 3 kids," Javier said.

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