The NYPD is searching for two suspects they say robbed a Bronx deli at gunpoint on Tuesday night.
According to police, one of the suspects pulled a firearm on a 45-year-old employee at the Zubaidi Grocery Store on 174th Street in Claremont and demanded cash.
Another suspect stood outside as a “lookout” while the robbery took place at around 10:00 p.m., police said.
The thieves took a few hundred dollars from the employee before fleeing the scene.
“I was scared I had nothing to do — I was shaken, I couldn’t do nothing,” Saqr Saleem, the victim’s nephew and who also works at the deli, said. “I was shocked this was my first time seeing this my whole life.”
Saleen is a freshman at college studying business, with dreams of one day running the deli.
“Money doesn’t matter, as long as you’re fine,” Saleem said. “Whatever it is, if it’s a gun situation, robbery…they can have everything.”
The robbery infuriates resident Martha Rosado, who comes to the deli every morning for coffee.
“I’ve very sad because they work so hard for their money, you know, so hard these people, they work 24/7,” Rosado said. “They just gotta get these guys off the street. They got to stop these guns, they gotta get them off the streets.”
Saleem says his uncle is shaken and is taking some time off from coming to work at this location, choosing instead to work at his other store.
No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1–800–577–TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1–888–57–PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers’ website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All tips will be kept strictly confidential.