It happened at "Yum Yum Donuts" at the corner of Main and Olive Streets in Porterville.
Porterville Police officers are surprised that a popular downtown donut shop was the victim of a brazen armed robbery early Friday morning.
Sgt. Ronald Moore said, "Well because it is so rare it's not something you run into everyday something like this."
The armed robbery happened at 3:30 in the morning when most other businesses downtown are closed. The baker and a regular customer were inside.
Porterville Police say the six foot three inch, 270 pound suspect walked into "Yum Yum Donuts" wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and a scarf over his face.
Sgt. Ronald Moore said, "There was a witness in there and the clerk he ordered the witness to the ground and he demanded the clerk open the cash register she did because he had what witnesses describe as a semi-automatic pistol."
Owner Carlos Jimenez says the suspect took off with about $200-dollars in cash. "The customer that was here, he didn't do anything to him but he asked the baker for the money and then he left."
Employee Suzi Gonzalez says the suspect made the customer inside drop to his knees and lay on the ground while he took money out of the cash register. "I think it's scary now since I work night shifts my night shifts are until nine and what if it happens again and I work so hopefully they don't come and do it again."
Porterville Police are checking with surveillance video at nearby businesses to try to identify the suspect. If you have any information you're asked to call the Porterville Police Department.