PASADENA, TX – Suzie Ram stands behind a cash register in her convenience store in Pasadena with her two daughters and son.
Ram said her 11-year-old daughter needs to be close to her because she has autism.
“She has to be with me all the time. She’s been here with me since she was a baby,” Ram said.
A week and a half ago, the family’s sense of security inside the Burke Road store crumbled when armed men entered and demanded money.
“He said, ‘Give me that bag or that’s it. He yells at me with the gun on her, waving at her. She had her hands up,” Ram said. “’Give me the other bag or it’s the last time mom. Mom, give me the bag.'”
Ram’s 18-year-old daughter was behind the cash register. Ram and his 11-year-old son were with a client. The two thieves pointed guns at Ram and his eldest daughter.
“The way he was shaking that gun at her like that and his eyes, the fear in his eyes. I’m watching this video and he could have taken it. He could have shot him,” Ram said.
His daughter handed the masked man a bag full of $6,000. This is money that the family took two months to save.
“We buy everything for our store with a credit card,” she said. “And then we pay off the credit card and start over every month. That’s how we survive.
Ram said one of the men was running away, he thanked her.
“‘Thank you ma’am.’ The audacity, ‘Thank you madam.’ I’m taking your drive, I’m taking everything from you but thank you,” Ram said. “I’m threatening your life but thank you.”
Ram and her husband are relatively new store owners, 713 Food Store has only been open for five years. She said the couple were saving every penny.
“Convenience store owners are literally saving their pennies and that’s what we’re doing, it’s pennies,” Ram said. “I’m upset. I’m nervous because I don’t know if we’re going to overcome this.
“We need help to get back on our feet or we will have to close our doors. All will be appreciated,” Ram’s daughter Amberly Gonzalez wrote on the GoFundMe campaign. “When COVID hit people would arrive hungry and desperate for a bite to eat and my parents are always generous in helping anyone. Now they are the ones who need help. Please show them love and support.
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