Crossville police look for suspects in store hold-up

Crossville police look for suspects in store hold-up

The suspect brandishing his gun. (Source: Crossville Police) The suspect brandishing his gun. (Source: Crossville Police)

6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - The search is on for two suspects who held up a pregnant store clerk at a Cumberland County store.

It happened Friday in Crossville at Martino's Pizza and More, a Mexican grocery and restaurant in Woodmere Mall.

Irina Castro, a cashier, was just opening the store for the day when Crossville police say two Latino men burst in, armed with a handgun.

Surveillance video shows one of the men pointing a gun at Castro, climbing over the counter, then grabbing hold of her.

Castro says they took her to a kitchen in the back.

"They grabbed my neck, they grabbed my face. He threw me there. He had a big gun and he rubbed it in my face," she said, speaking through a translator.

Castro says she kept telling the men she was seven months pregnant, but that did not stop them.

Crossville Police detectives keep replaying the video, looking for clues.

The suspects were in the process of tying up Castro when they were surprised by a customer and took off through the back door.

In the video, you see one of the men bolt the door to the store. But Castro says she's lucky it somehow did not work and a person was able to walk in and scare them away.

Both men were wearing hoodies. One of them had a white ball cap.

"I don't understand what's wrong with these men. I would like to see them arrested," Castro said.

There was a robbery at the same store two years ago. It was a very similar style. That time police say two Hispanic men came in and duct taped two workers in the back kitchen.

There was no surveillance video in that case, so detectives don't know if they are connected.

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