Gunmen in 'Scream' masks hold up Heights Subway

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on September 19, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 10:49 AM

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HOUSTON -- A mother of two found herself staring into the barrel of a gun on her second day on the job at a Subway in Houston.

It happened around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night at I-10 and Heights Blvd.

It’s the second violent robbery at a Subway this week.

Police said two men wearing Halloween masks stormed in with guns. An employee and a customer quickly found themselves at the mercy of the two gunmen.

“They pointed one gun at the lady and one gun at me. They told me to go to the back and don’t turn back because I will kill you,” explained employee Karla Garcia. “[The masks] looked like the Scream movie, but it was a skeleton.”

Garcia was making the customer’s sandwich when the suspects came in. She looked up and knew instantly her life was on the line.

“When I saw him jump and grab me to go to the register, I freaked out more. He was next to me and the other one had a gun pointed at my face,” Garcia said.

Garcia cooperated, but the customer did not.

“I didn’t want to be the next person shot dead in a Subway in Houston so I just ran as fast as I could,” said the customer who doesn’t want to use her name.

She said she had already been on edge because of the deadly robbery that happened at a southeast Houston Subway earlier this week.

“I thought about the guy that got shot a couple days ago right before I went into the store. I thought, oh that would never happen again, lightning doesn’t strike twice,” explained the customer. “When the door opened and two guys in walked in with guns, I thought this is unbelievable.”

The gun pointed her way did not stop her from running outside to her car to call police.

Garcia told KHOU another Subway employee was in the bathroom the entire time.

She said she feels blessed that the armed suspects didn’t harm her. However, she didn’t think twice when asked if she’d be returning to work.

“I told her, yes, because if I go to another place, the same thing is going to happen,” Garcia said.

The criminals took off in a black Honda sedan.

Garcia said the crooks only got away with about $80 in cash. If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS and you could earn a cash reward.

Police say these were the same suspects who robbed a Cici's Pizza in the Heights Thursday.

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