Robbers Force Man, Young Daughter to Ground at Gunpoint in Holdup: Police | NBC New York

Robbers Force Man, Young Daughter to Ground at Gunpoint in Holdup: Police

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    Police are searching for armed robbers who forced an employee and his young daughter to the ground as they robbed a deli in Maspeth, Queens. Tracie Strahan reports. 

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017)

    Two robbers burst into a Queens deli and forced an employee and his young daughter to the ground at gunpoint, police said.

    The thieves targeted the Maspeth Deli and Grocery on 56th Avenue late last month. Surveillance video shows them walking into the deli, faces covered, shortly before 10:30 p.m.

    Once inside, one of the robbers pulls out a handgun and puts his finger to his lips, apparently to warn a 27-year-old employee and his 9-year-old daughter sitting on his lap to keep quiet.

    Police said the man with the gun, visible in a bright orange knit cap and red sneakers, ordered the man and girl to the floor and then removed cash from the registers. He also grabbed a cigar box containing cash from underneath the counter and handed it to the second robber, who stuffed it in his jacket, police said.

    Almtar Jumir, the owner of the deli, said that his granddaughter was afraid the robbers would harm her father. 

    "She was scared, she was screaming," Jumir said. "She love her daddy." 

    Halston Media Photographer Tabitha Pearson Marshall (inset left)

    The robbers left the store and took off down 56th Avenue with about $3,000 in cash.

    No one was reported injured in the robbery.

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