Video released of AK-47 robbery in Wynnefield

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December 20, 2013 8:39:06 PM PST
Police have released surveillance video showing a suspect wielding a gold AK-47 during a robbery at a Wynnefield mini-market.

It was 4:54 p.m. on December 14, 2013 when the two suspects entered the 59th Street Mini Market located at 2101 North 59th Street.

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A customer hits the deck, while one suspect goes to the cashier window and begins threatening and waving the gun in Ernesto Rodriguez' face.

"(He says) I'll shoot you, give me your money! Give me your money, I'll shoot you! Give me your money," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez' wife and brother were also in the store.

Facing the barrel of a gun for the first time, he says he complied with their demands.

"I hand him the money and somebody with the gun went that way and another went to the side," said Rodriguez.

After taking cash and cigarettes, both suspects fled the store. Police believe the suspects are from the area.

"We know these kids appear to be from the neighborhood, probably people know these guys. At this time of year again with these type of businesses, just a horrible situation," said Lt. John Walker, Philadelphia Police.

Lt. Walker says it appears the AK-47 was spray painted. He says the fact it's being used in a robbery is frightening and the armed robbers need to be taken off the streets.

"Someone knows who has that gun and these people need taken off the streets and everyone needs to help police," said Lt. Walker.

The suspects are described as two black males, wearing masks over their faces black hooded jackets, dark colored pants and tan leather boots. One of the suspects was armed with an AK-47 style rifle with the stock removed.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Philadelphia Police at 215-686-TIPS (8477), text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or through PhillyPolice.com.


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