ORLANDO, Fla. -- The owner of an Orange County mom-and-pop restaurant told Eyewitness News he feels like he's under siege in his own neighborhood after he was robbed at gunpoint.
Detectives released photos of the suspects making off with the owner’s hard-earned cash July 23, hoping someone recognizes them.
The owner says this isn't the first time he's been targeted.
Rodger Verret said he's been working around the clock to keep his Caribbean restaurant, Le Recif, afloat since he opened it two years ago.
“Restaurant is a very hard business,” Verret said.
Verret said he works very hard to make money.
Verret said he normally doesn’t count that money and pay his bills sitting in a seat up front in his restaurant.
On the day he did, things took a violent turn in broad daylight.
Two robbers walked right into the restaurant, one with a gun at the door as the other grabbed thousands of dollars in cash right from the owner, then took off.
The two men had just eaten there, left and returned about 15 minutes later.
“One of them came in straight for bag, the other was standing at the door with a revolver,” Verret said.
Verret said the robbery last week was 11 months to the day he was robbed the first time at his Americana Boulevard restaurant.
The store owner told Eyewitness News he believes police are doing all they can to catch these types of criminals, but thinks the justice system needs to keep more of them behind bars.
There is a $1,000 reward in the case.
The first suspect is described as a 200-pound, 6-foot-tall black male, about 25-30 years old with short hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt, black pants, brown work boots and carrying a handgun.
The second suspect is described as a 6-foot-tall black male, 200 pounds, about 30-40 years old, balding with short hair and beard. He was wearing a dark shirt, black pants, black shoes and a baseball hat with a gold sticker on the bill.
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