WATCH IT: Video Shows Violent Armed Robbery In Grant County; Sus - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WATCH IT: Video Shows Violent Armed Robbery In Grant County; Suspects With Masks Tied Up Clerks

Posted: Updated:
Anyone who recognizes any features or clothing about the men is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-762-1160 or send information to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Anyone who recognizes any features or clothing about the men is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-762-1160 or send information to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
GRANT COUNTY, Wash. -

A robbery at Sandoval’s Food Store in George has left two employees and a customer traumatized and afraid to go back. The robbery was not just a typical smash and grab job. Instead, the two women working were tied up, along with a customer who walked in while it was happening.

One employee was forced to lay on the floor and the other had a gun put in her mouth while the robbers forced her to hand over the cash. Now, the owner says everyone involved is still scared and trying to deal with what they went through.

“They're pretty much traumatized,” said Ezequiel Sandoval, the owner of Sandoval’s Food Store where the robbery happened. “Supposedly, the lady they pointed the gun to her head, she can't sleep, she can't eat, she’s not coming back to work, so it's bad.”

The robbery happened just before 8:00 p.m. Thursday. All four men were wearing masks, but the owner hopes someone will see the surveillance video and help identify the suspects.

The men took all the cash in the register and even knew enough to make one of the women get the money that was locked up in a safe. Sandoval says the store also does money orders and wire transfers, so the robbers got away with a lot.

After the men left the store, the two women and a customer were able to untie themselves and call 911. However, Sandoval says because there is no local law enforcement near the store, it took twenties minutes for them to arrive.

The robbery happened right before closing and because the suspects knew to ask for money in the safe, Sandoval thinks the robbers were customers in the past

“My guess is somebody local, who knows everything what's going on here,” Sandoval said. “They knew that at the time there were only girls working.”

The suspects left in a stolen car, but it was found empty down the road. Police think they may have gotten into another car.

As a result of the robbery, the store has now lost a regular customer and one of its best employees because both are too traumatized to come back.

The owner says he will also make sure there is at least one guy working at night in case something like this happens again. If you have any information you are asked to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-762-1160, or send info to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Previous Coverage: 

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones is asking the public to look at the attached video. It shows the four masked and armed men who robbed Sandoval's Market in George, Wash., Feb. 13.

Anyone who recognizes any features or clothing about the men is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-762-1160 or send information to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. Tipsters can remain anonymous.


PRESS RELEASE FROM GRANT COUNTY: Grant County Detectives are asking the public for help finding four masked gunman who robbed Sandoval’s Market in George last night.

Around 8 p.m. Feb. 13 the four men entered the store, forced the two store clerks to hand over the store’s cash, and then tied them up. A customer who entered the store during the robbery was also tied up. Nobody was injured during the robbery.

A black 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche was seen in front of the store at the time of the robbery. The Avalanche was found abandoned a short distance away on Beverly Burke Road Southwest after the robbery. The Avalanche had been listed as stolen out of the Tri-Cities. It’s probable the robbers abandoned the Avalanche and got into one or more other vehicles to escape.

Anyone with information, or who saw any unusual people or vehicles in or near George last night are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160, or send info to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. Tipsters can remain anonymous.


  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police: Washington State University QB Tyler Hilinski dead from apparent suicide

    Police: Washington State University QB Tyler Hilinski dead from apparent suicide

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 2:05 AM EST2018-01-17 07:05:06 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman Police say at around 4:30 pm, officers responded to the Aspen Village Apartments to check on the welfare of Washington State University football player Tyler Hilinski after he did not show up for practice earlier in the day. Officers arrived and found 21-year-old Hilinski deceased in the apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    >>

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman Police say at around 4:30 pm, officers responded to the Aspen Village Apartments to check on the welfare of Washington State University football player Tyler Hilinski after he did not show up for practice earlier in the day. Officers arrived and found 21-year-old Hilinski deceased in the apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    >>
  • What you should do if you have the flu

    What you should do if you have the flu

    Thursday, January 18 2018 1:36 AM EST2018-01-18 06:36:55 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The number of flu cases continue to rise. In Spokane County, more than 300 people have been hospitalized because of it and 14 of them have died. So how do you know you have the flu? KHQ met with Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County health officer. He says that the flu is a respiratory illness and if you have it, you’ll know it’s more than a cold. “You have the body aches. Everything hurts. I’ve had people tell me their eyes hurt, their hair hu...

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The number of flu cases continue to rise. In Spokane County, more than 300 people have been hospitalized because of it and 14 of them have died. So how do you know you have the flu? KHQ met with Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County health officer. He says that the flu is a respiratory illness and if you have it, you’ll know it’s more than a cold. “You have the body aches. Everything hurts. I’ve had people tell me their eyes hurt, their hair hu...

    >>
  • WATCH: Oregon fisherman sues after insane boat crash caught on camera

    WATCH: Oregon fisherman sues after insane boat crash caught on camera

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 6:12 PM EST2018-01-17 23:12:55 GMT

    CLATSOP COUNTY, Ore. - A salmon fisherman who abandoned ship by leaping into the Columbia river last summer, right before another boat crashed into his, is suing the other boat driver for $372,000. The Oregonian reports that the Clatsop County sheriff's office accused Marlin Lee Larson of several crimes after the boater told investigators he couldn't see where he was driving because the dash of his boat was blocking his view when he was sitting down.

    >>

    CLATSOP COUNTY, Ore. - A salmon fisherman who abandoned ship by leaping into the Columbia river last summer, right before another boat crashed into his, is suing the other boat driver for $372,000. The Oregonian reports that the Clatsop County sheriff's office accused Marlin Lee Larson of several crimes after the boater told investigators he couldn't see where he was driving because the dash of his boat was blocking his view when he was sitting down.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Discussing mental health in the wake of tragedy

    Discussing mental health in the wake of tragedy

    Thursday, January 18 2018 2:14 AM EST2018-01-18 07:14:38 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The WSU community is trying to come to terms with the death of one of their own, Cougar quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who took his own life Tuesday afternoon. Now the question so many people are asking is why. While that answer won't be cut and dry, but what is clear is that there are always lifelines available and that you are not alone.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The WSU community is trying to come to terms with the death of one of their own, Cougar quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who took his own life Tuesday afternoon. Now the question so many people are asking is why. While that answer won't be cut and dry, but what is clear is that there are always lifelines available and that you are not alone.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, January 17th

    Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, January 17th

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 5:37 PM EST2018-01-17 22:37:03 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, January 17th.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, January 17th.

    >>
  • What you should do if you have the flu

    What you should do if you have the flu

    Thursday, January 18 2018 1:36 AM EST2018-01-18 06:36:55 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The number of flu cases continue to rise. In Spokane County, more than 300 people have been hospitalized because of it and 14 of them have died. So how do you know you have the flu? KHQ met with Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County health officer. He says that the flu is a respiratory illness and if you have it, you’ll know it’s more than a cold. “You have the body aches. Everything hurts. I’ve had people tell me their eyes hurt, their hair hu...

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The number of flu cases continue to rise. In Spokane County, more than 300 people have been hospitalized because of it and 14 of them have died. So how do you know you have the flu? KHQ met with Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County health officer. He says that the flu is a respiratory illness and if you have it, you’ll know it’s more than a cold. “You have the body aches. Everything hurts. I’ve had people tell me their eyes hurt, their hair hu...

    >>