CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A violent robbery at a Charlotte department store left a pregnant woman with an injury and the store out thousands of dollars.
It happened at Rose's department store on The Plaza near closing on a Sunday evening. On surveillance video, two employees are seen counting the cash from the registers, then walking the money to a back-room safe.
Almost immediately, a man in a blue hoodie runs through the store, makes a turn to the hallway leading the office, and bursts through the backroom door.
The two women are bowled over and slammed to the floor.
"Knocked them over and they didn't expect it because they were bringing the tills from the back and they didn't even see him coming," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.
The man showed he had a knife in one hand and not only demanded one of the women open a safe, he shoves her hard enough to cause a bump on her head.
"She was able to comply even though she was in some pain, because again, she was pregnant, and hit her head and the way down. So she was in some pain, but the adrenaline was pumping and she was able to get the safe open for him."
Although this robber didn't strike either woman, he pushed them around enough to make police believe he's a violent threat.
"He definitely assaulted them, pushing them to the ground initially, but also nudging them along towards the safe, so this guy's very violent."
When he collected his bag full of thousands of dollars in cash, he ran out the store and was seen exiting out the back door towards some woods. It seems more than a curious coincidence.
"He might frequent the store and know the layout because most times they come in the same way and go out the same, but this guy knew immediately where the back door was and made his way out."
That pregnant employee who suffered a head injury was checked out by Medic and we're told will be OK.
Would you like to help catch this violent man who was wearing a Duke hoodie before he can strike again? Call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and reward money could be sizable.