Victim recalls being held at gunpoint during Dollar General robbery

Published: May. 23, 2011 at 4:12 PM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2011 at 12:56 PM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Forced to crawl with a gun to the back of their heads, two Dollar General employees are still shaken up after a scary armed robbery.

Summerville police are still searching for a man they say robbed the two employees at gunpoint as they were leaving work at the Ladson Road Dollar General.

One of the employees says that despite the terror of the robbery, he realized the man was more familiar with the store than he should've been.

"He said, 'I got two murder charges on me, and I don't care if I got two more," Mr. Ford, one of the Dollar General employees, recalled Monday.

Ford, who didn't want to use first name, was robbed Saturday at the Dollar General where he works and he says he thought for sure the robber would kill him.

Ford says it all started as he was leaving the store. He says a man ran out from beside the ice chest, put a gun to the back of his head and told him to hit the ground.

Surveillance video released Monday shows the suspect forcing Ford and the store manager to crawl back to the front door and unlock it with a gun pointed at them the whole time. In fact, Ford says the man told them if they didn't crawl faster, he would shoot them.

"A lot of stuff was going through my mind at the time, people I wanted to call, but couldn't," Ford said.

Once inside the store, Ford says he had to lie on the ground while the robber made the manager give him the combination to the safe.

"He threatened to shoot us if it didn't go off in three minutes and thankfully it went off a minute later," Ford said.

The suspect then placed the money in Dollar General shopping bags and told the victims to remain on the ground for 10 minutes before getting up. The female victim also stated that the suspect took her purse, which contained her car keys, check book, cell phone and $30.

Ford says the whole ordeal lasted about 25 terrifying minutes. Ford says he thinks the man is no stranger to the store because he knew which of them the manager was and that she would have the safe code, without even asking.

This is definitely somebody that's been in the store before and scoped it out," Ford said.

According to the police report, witnesses say they saw two men running from the Dollar General and saw a dark green Ford Explorer speed past them.

The suspect is described as a black male and was wearing a black ski mask, black gloves and black jeans. He is about 6'3" and weighs between 180 and 200 pounds.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the Summerville Police Department at 843-871-2463.

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