Deputies search for 2 men in armed robbery at Paws Hotel

Men pointed guns at employee, deputies said

By Amanda Castro - Reporter/Anchor

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Osceola County deputies are looking for two men accused of robbing a pet salon and hotel in Kissimmee Tuesday morning, deputies said.

Deputies said two men entered the 5 Paws Hotel in the 1000 block of Plaza Drive at 11:40 a.m. 

The business provided News 6 with surveillance video from inside the store. It showed the manwalk in, look around, and then signal for his partner to come inside. Deputies said the man then pointed handguns at the employee and told the victim in Spanish to hand over the money.

"How much money did they take from you?" a 911 dispatcher asked.

"I don't know because I opened the register and I gave them all of the money," the victim said.

The men got away with an undisclosed amount of money, deputies said.

"We're all shaken up, scared that it could happen again," Ivette Sabater, the manager of the pet hotel said.

Sabater said other businesses in the shopping plaza are keeping their doors locked and they're fearful the armed robbers could strike again.

"I think if they get away with it this time, I think it might go a little further...they will feel, 'We can do this again,'" she said.

 

Deputies, who provided the above photos, said the men were wearing hooded sweatshirts. They're hopeful someone will recognize their clothes.

"They're ability to commit this act and pull a gun on somebody and threaten their life, that's very terrorizing for our community," Capt. Jacob Ruiz with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office said. "We have no information to tie them to other robberies, but the fact that they did pull firearms and were brave to do that in this situation, they could possibly commit other robbers if they haven't done so already."

Sabater said the suspects left their fingerprints all over the counter, the computer and the phone. She's hopeful detectives will be able to figure out their identities.

"Hopefully, once they run the fingerprints, they'll be able to come up with something," she said.

Deputies said no one was hurt. Sabater said she doesn't understand who could do something like this.

"They're not going to find what they're looking for by harming other people," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff's Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

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