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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - For the second time in three months, two men robbed a department store in North Charlotte. However, this time, the robbery turns into a brutal attack.
Last November, two masked and hooded gunmen rushed through the front door and headed straight for the checkout counter at the Family Dollar on Old Statesville Road.
The female assistant manager was shocked, but she complied when they demanded cash.
Then last week, two masked and hooded gunmen do the same thing-- rushing through the front door, going to the register and demand cash at gunpoint from a male clerk.
Surveillance video shows one of the robbers pushing the clerk around, body slamming him into the counter, then striking him over the head with the barrel of his pistol. The clerk slinks to the ground, momentarily unconscious while the bad guy takes money from the till.
As for the clerk, CMPD Detective Marty Cuthbertson said, "he was treated that night and released, but he has chosen now not to come back to work at this location."
One of investigators first questions to the assistant manager, who was there for both robberies-- did she think it was the same bunch?
The Detective said, "she was adamant that these were the same guys, at least one was the same from the first robbery."
As the crooks left, a witness saw them drive away in a Dodge Neon, dark in color. But there is one clue they left that might help solve the crime.
"When they saw them jumping in the car they heard one suspect yell to each other, 'Steve, come on let's go.' They hear him call one of them by name."
If you can stop these men from other violent robberies, call Crimestoppers at (704) 334-1600 and you could earn a reward up to $1,000.