A petty crime escalated into a far more serious act after two men pulled a gun on a Safeway security officer, 11 News has learned.
Police have detained two people in the incident after locating them at a nearby home.
The suspects were walking out of the Safeway at 2210 N. Wahsatch in Colorado Springs without paying for their food when a loss prevention officer confronted them. The suspects reportedly pulled a gun and then ran from the area. Police tell 11 News that by pulling the gun on the officer, the men immediately change what would have been a misdemeanor crime into a felony.
According to the deli manager, the suspects ordered $150 worth of food from the deli, including sandwiches and cake, then tried to leave.
The robbery is the second at the Bon Shopping Center in three days. A pharmacy called the Medicine Shoppe was robbed Tuesday.
"I work evenings here at Ace and it get's pretty scary," said Robert Drew. He told 11 News these kinds of crimes are on the rise at the well-known shopping center.
"It is discouraging when as a child I lived here and have good memories," said Carol who works in another shop in the Bon Center. "It's scary as well, we've had some scary people around."
Police spokeswoman Barbara Miller tells 11 News police found two men matching the suspect descriptions inside a nearby home, accompanied by three others.
Police said Izaiah Suazo, 19, and a 13-year-old boy was arrested for the robbery. According to a police report another 17-year-old boy was taken into custody on an unrelated Escape warrant from the Colorado Department of Youth Corrections. A 17-year-old girl was also detained as a runaway from a youth home in Denver.
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