Phoenix police detain 4 people after Subway robbery

PHOENIX - Three men burst into a Subway restaurant Wednesday and held up two female employees. It was all caught on surveillance video. 

It happened just before 10 p.m. The owner of the Subway store, who does not want to be named, said two women were working. They were closing up the shop when three masked men came in through the front door. 

"They come in full force as if they're walking into a bank," the owner said after he watched the video.

You can see one robber with what appeared to be an assault rifle. The other two had handguns. One was carrying a large duffel bag. 

Two men jumped over the counter and searched a back room. One of the employees said he was demanding to get to a safe. 

"I was in shock," the victim, who also didn't want to be identified, said.

In the video, you can see one of the robbers pull her hair and push her to the ground. The second worker comes out of a refrigerator and has no idea what is happening. The robber turns to her and points his rifle at her. 

"I mean they had a scope on there. Any weapon is extremely dangerous," the owner said.

Nobody was hurt in this incident. The robbery was over in a minute.

"They were gone in 60 seconds," the owner said.

A customer who had been in the store shortly before it happened saw the entire thing and called 911, the owner said.

About an hour later, a car matching the getaway vehicle was spotted nearby and police followed the car to a house near 65th Avenue and Orange. Police detained four people for questioning.

Lt. Brian Riggans said it was unclear early in the investigation if the vehicle or people detained were involved in the robbery.

This is not the first time this Subway store has been hit. The owner says his store, near 91st Avenue and Thomas Road, had been robbed at least twice before.

Apparently, robberies are on the rise in Phoenix. According to police, the number of robberies from January to August 2012 is up more than 11 percent from the same time period last year.

The owner of the Subway says he is going to install more lighting and encourage cops to stop by the shop more.

"My employees are going to have these memories and, everytime, at night when it gets late, the door chimes and it beeps, they're gonna think 'Is it a customer or another robber?'" he said.

The owner said the robbers got away without anything.

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