Clayton County police are searching for two men who robbed a restaurant at gunpoint while threatening to kill the owner in front of his children.
John Nop told Channel 2 Action News that he opened Boston Fish Supreme in Forest Park a few months ago, and he said he makes an effort to get his kids involved in his business.
That led to a terrifying two minutes last Saturday.
“In the blink of an eye, I could have been shot dead,” Nop told Channel 2.
A man, posing as a customer, waited for other patrons to leave before walking up to the counter, pulling out a gun and putting it in Nop’s face, surveillance video shows. The video, obtained by Channel 2, shows four children were behind the counter at the time.
Another armed man then walked into the store as the first suspect went behind the counter, ordering everyone on the floor. The four kids got on the floor, while the two men ordered Nop to take them to the store’s safe.
“(They) made me open the safe for them and had the gun to my face, and they said you got to open (the safe) for me,” Nop said.
After emptying the safe, the thieves took Nop to the cash register. When he struggled and asked one of the kids to help, one of the suspects told the little girl something chilling.
“I’m going to kill your daddy,” Nop told Channel 2, reciting what the man said to the girl. “It’s horrible. They’re traumatized.”
After stealing the remaining cash, the men left the restaurant and joined a third man, who police believe may have been a getaway driver. No other information was provided on the suspects.
“I want these guys caught ’cause it’s frightening to live in fear since it happened,” Nop said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Clayton County police at 770-477-3747
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