Two men rob Charlotte business at gunpoint with kids inside

- Two men are on the run after they robbed a local pawn shop at gunpoint Friday morning. Customers, employees, and children were caught in the middle of it all.

Employees say they had a gun pointed to their head as the two men ransacked the store looking for anything they could get their hands on. All of this happened with customers in the store who had young children with them.

"It's just evil people out here. Evilness," said Larry Brown,

Strong words from a fellow business owner after police say two men stormed in to Cash America on Freedom Drive just before 10:30 a.m. Friday. Pointing guns at customers, even a child inside the store and demanding money.

One employee inside called her husband, fearing for her life. Both were still too shaken up to appear on camera.

"She told me that someone just robbed them and held a gun to their head and the first thing that went through my mind is fear," her husband said.

It was also a terrifying situation for shoppers too. Surveillance pictures show customers diving under tables for cover and children being forced to get on the floor.

"One of the men was concentrated on customers and other people in the store and that man was the one that was holding a gun to a child. A little baby probably no more than 2 years old. The baby was hysterical because the baby wouldn't lay down and that's what the suspect wanted. He wanted that baby to lay down," described the witness.

The mid morning commotion caught nearby businesses off guard.

"Oh yeah it could have been me, it could have been us because we are right next door," said Larry Brown.

Despite the horror of it all, no one was injured. The suspects speeding off in a nearby car with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"It's disturbing man because it's a business we work hard for our money and if they need a job  all they gotta go is go to the unemployment office," said Brown.

Anyone who may recognize the two men in the security video are asked to call CMPD or CrimeStoppers immediately.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two men who robbed a local business at gunpoint with small children inside. 

The incident happened at 10:20 a.m. Friday, August 12 at the Cash America located at 2640 Freedom Driver, in the Metro Division. 

Officers said the two men entered the business displaying firearms and demanded money. After obtaining property the two men fled the scene in a vehicle. 

Luckily, no one was hurt. 

The first suspect is described as a black male, and was last seen wearing a red long sleeve shirt and gray pants. The second suspect is described as a black male, and was last seen wearing a blue long sleeve shirt and gray pants. 

Anyone with information concerning this case or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  

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