Masked Gunmen Rob Fresno Sandwich Shop

FRESNO, Calif. "They took money, they took everything," said Peter Photisane.

Photisane was working at his Central Fresno sandwich shop Saturday when three masked men walked in carrying weapons.

They told Photisane, and others in the store to get down on the ground, then threatened to kill them before taking off with some personal items and an undisclosed amount of cash.

"They say give me money, give me money, give me money, they have the gun," said Photisane.

Saturday's armed robbery is one of several that have occurred in the Fresno area over the past few days.

Friday night, a teen was robbed at gunpoint by three suspects in Cary Park just south of Fashion Fair Mall.

Two of the suspects ran towards Macy's women's store, and the store was put on lockdown.

And just hours before the Fashion Fair incident, a liquor store clerk in Fresno County was shot during an armed robbery.

He is expected to survive, but family members say he remains in the ICU.

"The criminals are becoming more aggressive, and we as police officers are becoming more aggressive in the tactics we use to apprehend them," said Lieutenant Gregg Sanders

Sanders, with the Fresno Police Department, said robberies are common during the holidays, and especially during bad economic times.

In southwest Fresno alone, there have been twice as many robberies since November first of this year -- compared to the same time frame last year.

City wide, robberies are up by at least 12 percent.

And although police say they are out in full force, for Peter Photisane, it doesn't erase the fear he experienced Saturday night.

"I scared, he shot, got to kill," said Photisane.

The three suspects involved in Saturday's armed robbery took off on foot and have not been caught.

The store did not have surveillance cameras.

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