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Akron convenience store workers fight back against armed robbery suspects during violent attack

Posted at 3:48 PM, Feb 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-12 16:31:23-05

Police are looking for three men who attacked workers at a small convenience store in Akron over the weekend before stealing cash out of the register. 

It happened at Bill's Place on North Main Street Sunday evening. 

Owner Bill Saikaly told News 5, as someone who has strong ties to his neighborhood, he took it personally.

"We treat all our customers good and for these guys to come here and do that? I feel very frustrated," he said. 

Clerk Kaila Patterson said the three men behind the robbery got physical right away.

"Before I even got a chance to say anything he just grabbed me by my shirt and stuck a gun to my head," she said.

Patterson was dragged around the store with that gun to her hand.

"I was getting even more scared, like, 'oh my god I am going to die.'"

She said a co-worker fought back, trying to help her, but he was threatened with a gun and stopped.

Surveillance video shows one man jump over the counter. Eventually, all three men worked together to clear out all the cash they could before leaving. 

"I don't know how anybody could stoop to that level to put a gun to somebody's head for a couple hundred dollars," Patterson said. 

Akron police are investigating, currently now looking for the three men behind the bold crime.

According to employees, they were in all in black with their hoods up and had likely been inside Bill's Place before the robbery. 

They were last seen running towards Jesse Avenue. 

"They need to be caught, they need to be in jail. They came in here acting like animals and animals need to be behind bars. In cages," Saikaly said.