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Cedar Rapids liquor store clerk held up at gunpoint

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Three men are behind bars after allegedly entering a liquor store in Cedar Rapids with guns and demanding money.

Simram Jetsingh was the cashier at Big Discount Liquor Tuesday night on Center Point Road NE when he says two masked men entered and held him at gunpoint.

"Pistol, guy in the back had (a) shotgun, pointed it right past my stomach," said Jetsingh. "I gave them the money, I knew what they were asking for. So I knew if I don't give them the money, they'd probably shoot."

Jetsingh says he wasted no time, knowing lives were on the line because his dad and a friend were both behind the counter.

He quickly wiped the cash register clean, giving the robbers anywhere between $600-$1,000, and they quickly left.

"Decide to just one day to pick and rob the liquor store," said Keisha Ayers, a regular at Big Discount Liquor. "What where you robbing? What were you going to get? Liquor, cigarettes, tobacco?"

Jetsingh says he went outside to get a description of the car and the direction they were fleeing so he could give that information to police.

"Anytime somebody goes into an establishment, armed with weapons, you have the potential for injury or even death, so this is considered a violent crime," said Greg Buelow, spokesperson for Cedar Rapids Police Department.

No one was hurt, however, in the robbery.

Police quickly found the pair of robbers a short time later. They also arrested a third suspect, who police say was the driver of the getaway car.

The suspects charged in the robbery are Robert Larry Ray Barlow, 27; Joshua M. Sandlin, 36; and Jack Daniels Yoders, 19, all of Cedar Rapids.

All three suspects have been charged with first-degree robbery, a felony.

"But for them to come rob this liquor store, I come here every day, so now it's like, 'Should I get up every morning and come walk here? Should I come buy my cigarettes and my tobacco here?'" said Ayers. "These people are nice. If you're short on change, they'll give it to you."

KWWL tried getting the surveillance video of the robbery from police, but they tell us the video is evidence and part of their ongoing investigation.
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