Business owners relieved after arrest of serial robbers
Troy Gaines Junior and Shaundrell Robinson (Source: LMDC)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Business owners continue to breathe easier after police arrested two men they call serial robbers.
Shaundrell Robinson, 33, and Troy Gaines, Junior, 22, were arrested Saturday around 4 a.m. when Louisville Metro police said they caught the men in the act of robbing a Speedway gas station at 8325 Preston Highway. The two are now behind bars at Metro Corrections.
"I was very scared," China Express owner Diane Luu said about the two times her family-owned business was held up by Gaines and Robinson.
Detectives believe they hit her restaurant on November 30 and again on December 20 and it's all caught on camera.
"I just worried because I had a couple of customers here," Luu said.
Surveillance video shows one of the two men entering the store while waiving around a gun. He then turns his attention to Luu and demands cash. In a state of shock, she forgot how to operate the register.
"I said I don't know how to open the drawer and he kept saying hurry hurry," Luu said.
Once he cashed in, his greed wouldn't stop there. He then turns the gun on the customer sitting down, trying to enjoy his meal in peace.
The man hands over his wallet, and then the pandemonium ensues. The customer quickly grabs the robbers hand, who then shoves his way out the door.
In the video, another employee is seen running out to help the customer. Police said a shot was fired. No one was hurt.
"We've never had that happen before. I've been here 15 years," Luu said. She estimates she lost about $300.
Business owners like Luu are happy to hear the duo have been arrested.
The two suspects had their initial court appearance Monday. The judge doesn't mince words.
"You were a full time employee at GE," the judge asked. "Yes ma'am," Gaines responded. "You know a lot of people would kill to get those kind of jobs and look at this guy just ruining it," the judge said.
The two gave police a surprising motive.
"Life in the fast lane. Substance abuse. Strip clubs. Just deciding not to go to work every day. They said that just fueled everyday that when they needed money, partying and substance abuse was a catalyst," said LMPD Sgt. Eric Black.
The two have lengthy criminal records. The history for Gaines includes DUI and marijuana charges.
Robinson's past includes rape charges, which put him on the sex offender registry.
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