HOUSTON, Texas – Two armed men walked into a restaurant in one of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods and robbed the store and the customers at gunpoint. At one point a shot was fired into the ceiling.
Witnesses reported two armed Hispanic men entered the Café Express near the River Oaks area of the city about 6:15 Monday evening. The men split up with one going to the cash register and the second going around the store to customers demanding purses and jewelry, KPRC NBC2 in Houston reported.
At one point, customers reported hearing gunfire as the robber near the cash register fired a shot into the ceiling. Not long after that, the man robbing the customers also fired his weapon into the ceiling.
The restaurant, a popular salad, soup and sandwich shop, is a popular hangout for residents and business people in the area.
The NBC affiliate’s Jonathan Martinez reported that the customers were too afraid to go on camera and comment about what they had experienced.
Police say that no one was hurt during the robbery. The two men fled in a gold colored car after they got what they came for.
“It’s really, really scary, just makes you think you need to take care of yourself, and you’re watching your surroundings always because you never know,” Tanya Korrodi-Kirkland told Martinez. She said you would think this part of town would be safe.
Another person in the community, Mike Winders told Martinez, “I live half a mile down the road and I’ve eaten in this restaurant dozens of times. And to hear something like that in the middle of the day is just crazy.”
“Just the fact they fired off their gun inside a restaurant makes you think they probably would do something more if they didn’t get what they wanted or what have you,” Mike Winters said.
No other information about the suspects was available at the time of this publication.