Beaten Robbery Victim: "I'm Angry That Children, Young Kids Did This"

A store clerk beaten by a gunman last week during a robbery spoke Friday with Channel 6 News. Detectives need our help in tracking down the suspects.

Of the 10 guns stolen from Brown Loans at 7th and Broadway in Council Bluffs, one has been recovered in Omaha. Police believe three teens were responsible. It was originally thought that two did it.

Investigators say one stormed into Brown Loans over the lunch hour on November 19th, pointed a gun at the clerks and hit and kicked one of them several times. “He kicked me, he stomped on me. He was unhappy where I was laying originally."

Denise now carries a gun in her waistband. “I feel better. I feel more protected because if I would have had a weapon the day they were in here they wouldn't have been able to leave."

It was initially thought that a frightened customer seen on security video ran out of the store when the gunman entered. Now, investigators believe he was actually a decoy, a distraction, the lookout for the other two and there's now a warrant out for 18-year-old James Smith.

One suspect avoided the security camera and went straight to the gun case. Investigators have a warrant for 18-year-old Dequan White. The third suspect, a 16-year-old, is not being identified because he is a juvenile.

“I'm angry," said Denise. "I'm angry that young children, kids did this."

Brown Loans now has signs explaining why hoods and hats need to be taken off and backpacks must be left by the door. “There's a lot of robberies going on in Council Bluffs, a lot. It wouldn't surprise me if it's our guns and I'm scared someone's going to get killed."

As soon as the gunman ran out, Denise, who had been beaten, still ran after him looking for clues. Even in hindsight, she does not regret the decision. In a rush of adrenaline, Denise also grabbed a cordless drill off the shelf as she went after the gunman.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call 911.


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