Attempted robbery at a Longview Family Dollar

Attempted robbery at a Longview Family Dollar

LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - A little before 9 p.m. Sunday, Longview police were called to the Family Dollar on Garfield and South High street.

 Police say the clerk on duty told them, a black man wearing a hoodie covering most of his face, demanded she give him all of the money in the register.
 "The clerk didn't give him any money out of the register, she saw what she believed to be a handgun...she wasn't for sure it was real or not but she didn't give him any money."
Police say the robber got into an argument with the clerk but never got physically violent.
He just ran into a nearby neighborhood.
The area surrounding this Family Dollar is not only commercial, it's also in a school zone and residential area. Those who live nearby say if someone will break into a Family Dollar, what will stop them from breaking into their homes and cars.
  A major concern for Deborah Frierson who has lived behind the  store for 11 years.
 "I have seen people run through the store, I have seen people throw rocks at the windows trying to break into the store.
   And she says it's only getting worse.
   Frierson says she's seen people cut through her neighbor's yard running from Family Dollar clerks who were chasing behind them.
"Need more security patrolman in this area."
   Joe Mayfield agrees. 
He lives and works across the street from the store.
- "If they get away with it and they think they're successful, they'll come back for another chance."
  One of the very reasons Mayfield believes the break-ins and robberies keep happening in the area.
 "Sooner or later it's going to come to a deadly end in some kind of way."
Police say even though the clerk wasn't harmed in Sunday's attempted robbery after she refused to give up any money, they say it's best not to put yourself in harms way and simply comply with the robber's demands.


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