Armed robber hits Beaufort sandwich shop

rlurye@islandpacket.comApril 15, 2014 

CITY OF BEAUFORT

An employee of a Beaufort sandwich shop was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday, four months after another suspect hit the same restaurant, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

A man entered the Subway in the Cross Creek Shopping Center shortly after 10 a.m., pulled a handgun on a female employee and demanded money, Cpl. Hope Able said. The victim handed over cash from the register, and the suspect left through the restaurant's back door, Able said.

Officers searched the area with a K-9 unit but did not find the suspect, described as a 5-foot-5 black male with a thin build, between the 18 and 20, and wearing a black hoodie, black pants and brown boots, according to Able.

Another armed robber, described as a 5-foot-6 black male of medium build, between 30 and 40 years old, made off with cash after robbing the business about 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15, according to a news release. No arrest has been made in that case, Lt. Doug Kadas said.

In 2011, the same sandwich shop was the site of a fatal shooting.

A manager at Subway declined to comment on Tuesday's incident.

The owner of another Cross Creek storefront, H. Rubin Vision Center, said he noticed a man matching the suspect's description standing near the shopping center's service entrances shortly before 10 a.m. Harvey Rubin said he has become cautious after past incidents near his place of business -- particularly the shooting -- and waited in his locked car until the man walked away.

Once inside, Rubin said he watched through his peephole as the suspect ran past his door -- once toward Subway, and then back in the other direction a few minutes later.

When patrol cars arrived, he realized the restaurant had been robbed again.

"I'm always careful," he said. "It's a good thing I didn't get out of my car."

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