CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -The Mia Pomodori restaurant on Rutledge Avenue is the new kid on the block, open just a month. Co-owner Tiffany Desantis had just finished serving a new customer Monday night when two teens came in. They weren't interested in trying the pizza. One of them pointed a shotgun at her face.
"He was just staring right at me and I thought you've got guts to be coming in here with a rifle in my face and not even covering your face," Mrs. Desantis said. "I was like you're kidding me. You're gonna do this to me."
Tiffany started arguing with the gunman, but then started thinking about the gun and her 15 year old son. "It was pointed right at my face and I thought he could shoot this right in my face and I will never see my son again. That's not something. I can't live with that."
Customer Hunter Graham picked a bad night to sample his first pizza from the restaurant. "First I thought it was a joke but then looking down the barrel of the gun it was kind of a terrifying experience. I just complied and did what they asked me to."
The robbers cleaned out the cash register and ordered the victims to empty their pockets. They then fled, possibly on bicycles. Tiffany and her husband are disheartened because they put so much work into opening the business. "We made something new again to look good to represent for this area, and then it just felt like it smashed our dreams."
But their dream won't die. The Desantis's plan to put in a security system to convince other would be bandits to take their business elsewhere. "We're not gonna be a target, absolutely not," Tiffany said.
If you have any information on the robbery, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111. You don't have to give your name and may earn a cash reward.