Surveillance Video Released In South Tulsa Cafe Robbery

Monday, June 20th 2011, 1:26 pm
By: News On 6

Dan Bewley, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- A south Tulsa cafe was back open Monday, one day after employees and customers were robbed at gunpoint.

Police say two armed men robbed Kaffe Bona at 91st and Yale about 3:30 p.m. Sunday and forced everyone into a bathroom.

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Surveillance tape shows the two men walking into the cafe. The men go straight to the two employees and force the customers on the floor.

One customer, Brian, was at the cafe with his daughter.

"When we were on the ground they said, 'I really want to shoot one of you m***** f****** in the back of the head.' And that scared me the most because I really did think they were going to," Aurianna, Brian's daughter, said.

The video goes on to show the men walking throughout the store and forcing the employees to get money out of the register and to also show them where the safe is kept.

The whole time Brian and the customers were laying on the ground worried the men would use their weapons.

"I was actually thinking how horrible it would be for someone to kill me in front of my daughter," Brian said. "It's really what I was thinking that that would be a really terrible thing for her to have to go through."

Jenny Beatie, the cafe's operations manager, credits her employees for staying calm and making sure things did not escalate.

"From what they've said, there was some pretty violent and vulgar things that were said and our employees said that they just tried to ration with them and reason with them to try to defuse the situation," she said.

"The emotional part will be the toughest to overcome, we're just thankful that everybody is okay," Beatie added.

The store delayed its opening Monday morning but things were quickly back to normal.

Now, Brian and Aurianna just want to shake the terrible memory of what could have been a violent situation.

"I was just thinking about how scared I was, I thought that they were going to kill somebody and I didn't want that vision to be with me," Aurianna said.

Both employees were pistol whipped, one has a mild concussion and the other has a serious welt on the back of his neck.

The men are described as white, about 6 feet tall, and skinny. They were last seen driving a small, newer model red car.

Anyone with information about the robbery to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.