Waco, Texas — Waco Police Department is looking for three men who they say are responsible for robbing a local business at gunpoint.
According to a Waco PD press release, the incident happened on Saturday night, around 9:54 p.m. Three individuals, who have been described as two white males and one black male, accosted a Harbor Freight employee as he was taking the trash from the store, according to police. The three suspects assaulted the store employee, forcing him back into the store and then robbed the store at gunpoint.
An observant citizen saw the robbery occurring and called 911. Waco police officers then responded to a robbery in progress at Harbor Freight, located at 3902 Bosque Avenue. As officers started arriving on scene, the suspects fled in a vehicle from the rear of the business.
Waco officers started pursing the vehicle but lost the car on a gravel road off of Old Marlin Highway. Other agencies relocated the vehicle a short time later, east of Waco, but the suspects were once again able to elude those officers as well. The vehicle, described as a tan or gold 4-door, has yet to be located. Officers still have not found the suspects involved in the robbery.
Officers at the scene of the robbery learned that the three suspects pistol whipped the first employee, forcing him back into the store. That's when police say the suspects then assaulted another female employee who was inside. The robbers then forced at gunpoint a third employee, a female, to open the safe and stole an undisclosed amount of checks and cash.
The suspects were all described as thin to medium build, wearing all black clothing, ski masks and gloves. They were armed with handguns.
Due to the violent nature of the robbery, police are asking citizens who may have any information at all to contact Waco Police or Crime Stoppers at 754-HELP. Callers do not have to reveal their identities.
Police also remind everyone to please be observant while in or around stores especially during the closing times of businesses and to immediately report any suspicious behavior to 911.