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Police search for suspects in Cottonport armed robbery

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COTTONPORT, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Cottonport Police continue the search for two black males after the armed robbery.

Bruce and Charlene Roy have been running the Roy Pecan Company from a building on St. John drive in Cottonport since 1988.

But on December 12, Charlene experienced the scariest day she's had on the job.

Cottonport might be the last place you'd expect to hear about an armed robbery but that's exactly what happened at the Roy Pecan Company.

"Just don't shoot me was going through my mind," said Charlene.

Charlene and her sister, Tiffany, were at work in the office. Charlene heard a knock at the door. She went to open it, thinking that it was an employee that didn't show up for work that morning - but it wasn't him.

"Give me the money. Give me the money. I want all the money. Open the register."

What started out as a normal day changed in seconds as two masked gunmen burst through the door, one grabbing hold of Charlene while pointing a gun at Tiffany and another searching for cash.

"He had his arms around me so tight that he was choking me. I could hardly speak. I tried to pull his arm off of my neck a little and I said Tiffany open the register."

Both women were stunned.

"At one point I think they thought she wasn't going to cooperate and I was afraid that he was going to shoot her."

In less than two minutes, the suspects ran off with a bag filled with about $1800 in cash. Now, the Cottonport Police are searching for the suspects.

"Myself and Sergeant Johnson, we're really on top of it and we're really trying our best to catch these guys that done this."

Chief Anderson says the department does what it can to cut down on crime in Cottonport.

"That's one thing I do is stay on top of my officers is make sure they're patrolling, but we can't be everywhere at all times."

But Charlene says she's not surprised that an incident like this happened. The business has been burglarized multiple times.

"It's just a very unsafe place to be. It really is."

The Roy Pecan Company plans to relocate or to build a new facility so that everyone - Charlene and Tiffany included - can feel safe once again.

"It has changed me in a lot of ways and I don't like it. I told the sheriff yesterday - I want my life back."

Cottonport Police have asked for help identifying two men accused of robbing a local business at gunpoint. According to police, the suspects are black males, and both are considered armed and dangerous.

The Cottonport Police said the first suspect is described as about 5'8" tall, weighing about 180 lbs. The second suspect is described as about 6' tall, weighing about 200 lbs.

According to police, on Dec. 12, the two suspects entered the Roy Pecan Company in Cottonport, armed with a handgun and demanded money from the employees. Surveillance video showed the suspects fled out the front door after taking an undetermined amount of money from the cash register. No one was injured during the robbery.

Police said a $2,500 reward is being offered by the Roy Pecan Company for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. 

Police have asked for anyone with information concerning this armed robbery to contact the Cottonport Police Department at (318) 359-3852. 

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