Armed robbery suspect hits cashier in face with gun

WINNSBORO, SC (WIS) - A cashier is hit in the face with a gun during an armed robbery at a Winnsboro store.

The incident happened at Jackie's Sandwich Shop on North Congress Street back on December 17th around 9:00pm.

Owner Jackie Mincey has more on his mind now than just keeping customers happy. "I mean, it just scares you to think about it," he said.

He's gone through decades of business without a single violent crime until a few weeks ago.

Winnsboro Public Safety Chief Freddie Lorick said three men walked into the store at closing time with red bandannas over their faces. He indicated one of the suspects pointed a gun at the cashier and asked for money from the register. The cashier proceeded to open the register but also hit the alarm button. "He just kind of, you know, had it say four or five inches from my face pointing right at me," said daughter Jackie Taylor, "So I just looked down at the revolver and noticed there were no bullets in it. So I had to make the comment, 'You don't have any bullets in your gun.'"

That's when the suspect struck her in the face with his weapon. It left a gash on her head.

Taylor still doesn't understand why she said what she said. "I just keep going over and over in my mind," she confessed, "But next time, I'll just shut up, lay down, and let them do whatever. I know, I'm hoping there's not going to be a next time."

The men fled the store with cigarettes and $500 in cash.

The other worker in the store at the time of the incident was not harmed.

Chief Lorick said no arrests have been made yet and there are currently no suspects. Mincey hopes to change that. "I'm in the process of putting up a reward."

Ironically, the reward is almost as much as the armed robber's took. "That didn't worry me," said Mincey, "You know you can always make more money, can't make a new daughter."

If you have any information on this crime, you are asked to call Crimestoppers.

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