Police were called to investigate an armed robbery Thursday night at a south Augusta fast-food eatery.
At about 10 p.m., two men entered the Subway, 3007 Deans Bridge Road, and demanded cash from two female employees inside the business, store manager Jamie Chambers said.
Both men were wearing ski masks and were armed with guns, she said.
One of the robbers held a gun to the head of one of her employees, Ms. Chambers said.
One of the clerks was able to push a silent alarm which alerted Richmond County 911 Center, Ms. Chambers said.
As of midnight Thursday, Richmond County sheriff's investigators were questioning employees and inspecting the crime scene.
After grabbing an undisclosed amount of cash, the robbers ran from a rear door of the business, Ms. Chambers said.
David Bell, owner of the Subway franchise, said he was disappointed in law enforcement's response to the recent rash of robberies at Augusta area business.
"Enough if enough," said Mr. Bell, who said he owns several fast-food franchises including a Subway on Tobacco Road.
"It's totally unacceptable."
"Our police need help. It's time for the city to step up and help them.
"Augusta is a great town. I love it here, but we don't need to let people mess it up," he said in reaction to the robbery of his business. He, along with Ms. Chambers spoke in support of their employees' welfare.
"They're both good girls, and they did the right thing," she said.
In the past month, police have investigated a series of robberies of Dollar General, Family Dollar stores and other small businesses. Home invasion crimes have also been on the rise in recent months.
Earlier Thursday night, a Family Dollar on Broad Street was the site of an armed robbery.
Wednesday night, the Roly Poly restaurant on Walton Way Extension was robbed - the second robbery at the business since Dec. 5. On Dec. 7 a Windsor Spring Road Subway was robbed by masked men wielding knives.
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