HOUSTON -- A 20-year-old college student says she is afraid to be by herself or do anything alone after she was held at gunpoint at a Family Dollar in southwest Houston.
Houston Police released surveillance video of the Family Dollar robbery and an EZ Pawn shop robbery that happened on Bellaire Blvd.
“My heart started beating really fast. I was scared to go back to work,” said Brooks. “I’m still scared to go to work.”
Her voice was trembling and you can see the fear in her eyes as she talked to KHOU exclusively.
Surveillance video shows the suspects walking in and casing the store. The college student was pushing a cart back to the front of the store before walking to her register.
“It’s like they checked out the whole store. I didn’t think anything of it,” said Brooks. “My life flashed in front of my eyes. I thought it was a dream.”
In a split second, she is staring down the barrel of a gun.
“They pulled up their shirt and said open up your register and give me your money, and they showed me the gun,“ said Brooks.
The loaded gun was inches away from a little boy and his mother. Then a couple of miles away, another group of armed and bold suspects held up an EZ Pawn shop.
“The first suspect goes in the store, the second one stays at the door as a lookout,” said officer K.D. Miller, with the Houston Police Robbery division.
You can see customers drop to the floor. Police believe the suspects may know someone at the store because of what they said.
“He seems to know the working of the EZ Pawn. He directed the employees on what money he wanted and what not give him," said Miller.
It took them seconds to get what they wanted., but it took away a sense of security for the victim.
"I don’t know why people robbing. Why people can’t get a regular job, I’m scared," said Brooks. "I really am. I have nightmares. I don’t sleep at night. I’m paranoid."
Police say in one case, the suspects took off in a white Chrysler Sebring with the front plate missing. One suspect was also wearing a black Raiders hat.
Call Crime Stoppers with any information at 713-222-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and get up to $5,000 leading up to an arrest.