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Police looking for bridal shop robbery suspects
VIDOR- by Haley Bull
Vidor Police are looking for two men they said robbed and attacked two women in a bridal boutique.
Investigators said it happened at Cindy's Bridal and Formal on N. Main St. in Vidor shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday.
It all started when two suspects appeared to be shopping for one of their weddings and turned into a scene the store owner said she never thought would happen to her.
"I've had this shop 30 years and nothing like this has ever happened," owner Johnnie Andrus said Thursday.
Fingerprints on the dressing room wall and a missing wedding ring on Andrus' left hand are the only evidence left of a robbery just one day later.
"I thought he would kill us," Andrus said.
She said she and an employee were helping two men looking at tuxedos and these pearls for a wedding. They left the store and came back just before closing Wednesday evening.
"He put his arm around like this and just squeezed it as tight as he could and then he started dragging me this way," Andrus said as she showed how she said one man wrapped his arm around her neck.
She said they dragged her to the dressing rooms and the other suspect dragged the other employee to another dressing room, where he took her clothes off and beat her.
"He had wrestled me to the floor by that time and he started taking all my jewelry, and so he shoved it all in his pocket. And then he said take me to the cash register and I was begging please not hurt her because I could hear what he was doing and she was screaming to the top of her voice," Andrus said.
She said she showed one suspect the cash register. When he discovered there wasn't any money, she said the second suspect left the other worker alone in the dressing room.
"She looked and saw that he was gone and she ran out the door," Andrus said.
The women ran to a realtor's office next door where someone called 911.
One day later, Andrus is missing jewels her husband gave her, she said she estimates to be worth at least $75,000, but said she's thankful to be alive.
"I think he had further plans for both of us and she saved our lives because she ran," Andrus said.
She also said she plans to buy surveillance cameras and a gun.
Officers said the first suspect is a 5'11", 180 lb. white male with tattoos on both his arms and his neck. The second suspect is a 5'9", 225 lb. black male.
Police said in addition to the two suspects, they are also looking for a light-colored silver or white, four door, large car. Anyone with information can call the Vidor Police Department at 409-769-4561.