HOUSTON — Police were on the lookout early Monday for a man accused of firing a gunshot into the air during a robbery at a northwest Houston doughnut shop.
No injuries were reported, police said.
The robbery was reported after 5 a.m. at the Shipley Do-Nuts in the 7200 block of Antoine Drive.
The gunman entered the store and fired a bullet into the ceiling before demanding cash from a safe. He then forced the employees into an office.
“He told me to open the safe, but I say, I told him I don't have the combination, I don't have the code,” the shop manager said.
The manager did not want her face shown on camera, but described the scary moment when the robber put the gun to her head.
“He get mad and he told everybody, I'm going to kill everybody if you don't open the safe then he shot,” she said.
The gunman then walked the employees into a supply closet and brought the manager back to the office. He had her on her hands and knees picking up change.
Then he took her back and went into the office alone. He was rummaging through equipment until he disconnected the surveillance system.
This terrorifying robbery lasted at least 20 minutes, but employees said it felt like forever.
The man then reportedly tried to carjack someone outside the store before running northbound on Antoine.
A search was underway after the man was spotted not far from Eisenhower Senior High School.
Witnesses described the gunman as a black male with dreadlocks and wearing a white hoodie. The man stood about 6 feet tall. He was reportedly carrying a black backpack.