Cricket Wireless store in Teralta East robbed at gunpoint

SAN DIEGO - Terrified employees spoke only to 10News after a Cricket Wireless store in Teralta East was robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon.

Just after 2 p.m., an employee at the store on 45th Street and University Avenue let a man in, with no idea she was about to be robbed.

"She welcomed him he turned around pulled down a mask and then pulled out a gun and just said hey you've got five seconds to give me all the money in the registers," said Diana Martinez, who showed up for her shift minutes after law enforcement descended on the store.

Martinez says she then came in contact with one of her best friends, the Cricket Wireless employee that had been robbed moments earlier by a man wearing a black beanie and mask armed with a black gun.

"She was actually like super freaked out. She was in shock, pale white. She was all shaky and sweaty the whole time," said Martinez.

Soon after the robber entered the store, a customer actually tried to intervene, telling the robber to leave and that he was making a bad decision.

Martinez says it became heated and that the customer finally backed down when he realized the gun the robber had was real.

"They were arguing going crazy back at it," said Martinez. "He was telling the other guy, 'You know what, I'm just trying to feed my family.'"

While that was happening, an employee snuck to the back and called police.

Martinez says the robber did get away with around $700 in cash. She says the six surveillance cameras inside the store were not able to get a good shot of him.

"There's no face shots, no nothing. It's just blurry images," said Martinez.

The robber is described as a white man who is about 30 years old and 5 feet 5 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black shirt and khaki pants. Police say he rode away on a black BMX bike eastbound down University Avenue.

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