Bystander, store clerk share story of being trapped inside bodega with armed robbers while bodega owner sought police

Police soon arrived, and the suspects, identified as ​Laquin Boone and Ruel Wilson, were taken into custody.

Brittany Cadet and

News 12 Staff

May 15, 2024, 2:28 AM

Updated 7 days ago

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A bold attempted robbery at a Melrose bodega took a scary turn after the gates of the storefront went down, trapping a worker and bystander with the accused robbers inside.
The attempted robbery occurred at 681 Grocery on Melrose Avenue early Sunday morning.
Police say two men were caught on surveillance entering the store with their guns drawn.
"One of them hit me right here with the gun and I fell down over there and he pointed the gun at me and told me if you move I'll kill you," said bystander Cseiks Lo.
Lo says he now has stitches over his eyebrow from being pistol-whipped.
The store clerk says he was in the bathroom when the suspects came into the store.
"They came to the bathroom, they put the gun on me and asked me to come out. They asked me where's the money and the weed. And I said we have no money and they pushed me out," said store clerk Abdou Diallo.
News 12 was told that shortly after this, the owner pulled down the gate, locking the suspects in with the worker and bystander - and ran to the precinct just a few blocks away.
Police soon arrived, and the suspects, identified as ​Laquin Boone and Ruel Wilson, were taken into custody.
The pair are charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and more.


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