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HOUSTON For the third time this year, armed suspects terrorized employees and customers during a robbery at a Denny s on FM 1960 in northwest Harris County, deputies said.

According to the Harris County Sheriff s Office, it happened at 4:20 a.m. at the restaurant located near FM 1960 and Butte Creek Drive.

Investigators said a green Nissan Altima pulled up in front of the restaurant and four armed suspects with masks on went inside. Each was armed with a handgun.

They are cowards looking for easy spots to hit, said Bryce Martin, a former Denny's customer.

The suspects held the employees and about a dozen customers at gun point, deputies said. The customers were forced to the ground while the gunmen stole their cell phones, wallets, cash and emptied the cash register.

The gunmen made attempt to break into the safe, but were unsuccessful, deputies said.

There's nothing but a lot of women working in there, so they probably feel like it's easier for them to go in there, said Martin.

Deputies said that one of the suspects even stepped on the back of a female who was laying face down on the ground.

The suspects fled the scene and remain at large, deputies said. They made off with an unknown amount of cash and other items.

Deputies said no shots were fired and no one was seriously hurt. This is the third time this year that this same Denny's has been robbed at gun point.

If it's the third time in a few months, obviously there's a big issue, a concern for safety, said longtime Denny's customer Willie Tejeda.

The whole incident was caught on surveillance cameras. Deputies are now reviewing the footage to see if they can identify the men behind the robberies. It's not clear if the three robberies are connected.

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