Lauderdale Lakes, Florida

From Miramar’s NBC6.net of June 8, 2007

Store Employee Shoots Robbery Suspects

Two armed robbers tried to rob the Questcomm Mobile Phone store on Oakland Park Boulevard in Lauderdale Lakes last Friday, police said. Little did they know someone inside the store was armed as well.

“It really frightened me because I didn’t know what was going on,” said store employee Tiffany Wilson.

Surveillance video shows Wilson walking into the store with the two armed gunmen behind her.

“He grabbed me from behind,” Wilson said. “I was shocked, but the first thing that came to my mind is do what they say and give them what they want.”

The video then shows the men walking out of the store.

“What they weren’t counting on is that one of the employees inside the store was armed. He walked out after them and they had a brief shootout outside in the parking lot,” said Keyla Concepcion of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

It was that employees quick reaction that gave police a crucial tip they needed in the case. After locating a car with a bullet-riddled windshield, they identified the suspects as 22-year-old Urel Barrett and 21-year-old Steven Peets.

Police are now asking the public to help them catch the men they describe as “career criminals.”

“We know that they have guns and they’re willing to use them,” Concepcion said.

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