HPD: 2 women rob washateria at gunpoint

HOUSTON - A washateria worker said she's worried about her safety after she was robbed while on the job.

Houston police said two women walked into the washeteria on Beechnut near Wilcrest about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and pretended to be customers.

"I thought they were coming to wash clothes because they had laundry bags with them," employee Miriam Rosales said in Spanish.

Surveillance cameras captured images of one of the women following Rosales into an office while the other acted as a lookout.

Detectives said the woman who followed Rosales pointed a gun at her side.

"They said, 'Give us the money or we'll kill you," Rosales said.

Rosales said she tried to tell the women that she didn't have the keys to the back room, where the money is kept, because she is not a manager.

Detectives said the women took Rosales' keys and tried every one of them, but none of them worked.

The women then rummaged through Rosales' purse, took her cash and then left.

"The worst part is that I have to work here to put food on the table," Rosales said. "It doesn't matter how scared I am. I have to come to work."

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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