A pair of armed robbers tried to make an escape from a Brooklyn deli when police officers interrupted them, but quickly realized they had no choice but to surrender, surveillance video shows.
The suspects were robbing the Gourmet Buffalo Deli at 53 Buffalo Ave. when two police officers responded to the scene and saw a store worker getting assaulted. The officers, Mark Xylas and Favio Quizhpi, entered the store, then backed out while repeatedly ordering the robbers to drop their guns.
The suspects, who were wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts, retreated to the back of the store where several customers were hiding, police said. As the suspects tried to break down a bathroom door in the back, Xylas and Quizhpi were able to direct customers out of the store.
Finally, apparently realizing they weren't able to escape through the bathroom door, the suspects walked back to the front of the store and dropped their guns, video shows. They were apprehended and taken into police custody.
A .32 caliber Rossi revolver and a .45 caliber Hi-point semi-automatic firearm were recovered.
The suspects, who are 20 and 23 and from Brooklyn, were each charged with five counts of first-degree robbery, five counts of second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, five counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment and five counts of second-degree menacing.