Posted: 9:05 p.m.
Yuma police continue to search for the two suspects who they say robbed three local businesses at gunpoint Tuesday night.
Both locals and employees told News 11 they feel nervous.
"It makes me feel very self-conscious about this area. I know that there's a lot of children and a lot of families in this area," said Winter Swope, who lives down the street from one of the businesses that was robbed. "We all kind of depend on this being a good area.
Tuesday night, a man with a handgun tried to rob the Tacos Mi Rancho restaurant, but police said an employee scared off the man.
Within the next hour, a man armed with a shotgun robbed both the CMS Market and R.C. Liquor, demanding cash and a bottle of alcohol at both businesses.
News 11 visited each of the businesses that were robbed. Although employees did not want to speak on camera, the owner of R.C. Liquor said their surveillance video captured the image of the suspect who robbed his store. His employees tell him that the armed robber in the surveillance video walked into the store earlier that day.
Yuma police now have the surveillance video as evidence, but they have not yet released those images to the media.
"I wasn't too familiar about it, so just not knowing about it makes me feel uncomfortable--not safe. I wasn't prepared for this kind of thing when I did move into this area," Swope said.
The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, wearing a black ski mask, around 5'10", a light complexion and with longer dark hair, and weighing about 180 lbs.
Police believe he has an accomplice, who is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, about 5'8" to 5'10", with a moustache and black shoulder-length hair, also weighing about 180 lbs.
Employees we spoke to at each of the businesses also said they had no prior training from their employers on what to do in these kinds of situations.
If you have any information on these armed robberies, police ask you to call them at (928) 373-4700 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.