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Gunmen force Subway employees into freezer during Richmond robbery

Posted at 8:34 PM, Jan 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-25 10:11:41-05

RICHMOND, Va. — A freezer inside of the Subway at Commerce and Bells Road was storing more than just food Friday evening. Two armed robbers walked into the restaurant demanding money, according to Richmond Police. Minutes later, the suspects pulled out a gun and forced the Subway workers into the freezer and took off with the cash. The Subway employees were not injured.

"If I did work nights, I would feel kind of unsafe being here,” said Subway employee Lekeisha Thomas.

Thomas has been employed here for less than a month.  Being robbed at gunpoint is one of her worst nightmares.

"Because you have people out here who go a little bit further than just robbing.  So, it's just a concern about going back home to see your family,” said Thomas.

Regular customer Earl Dunn grabs lunch at this Subway every weekend.

CBS 6's Sandra asked him:  "So, you feel safe coming here at night?"

Dunn replied: "Yeah, I'm fine.  I'm the type of person to stay to my own. I go in and out.

Management at businesses surrounding the Subway tell CBS 6, they are taking this situation very seriously, and are focused on protecting their staff and customers.  Thomas says that she is paying more attention to her environment following the robbery.

"We have procedures when you come in.  Make sure everything is clear, watch your surroundings.  So, we do have procedures and staff here,” said Thomas.

Management at that South Richmond Subway are working with detectives to help them find the thieves. If you have any information about this robbery, call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.