Orange County Walmart evacuated twice after robbery, bomb threat

Walmart evacuated earlier Wednesday after armed robbery

ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orange County Walmart was evacuated twice on Wednesday for an early morning robbery and a late morning bomb threat report.

Deputies said the Walmart on Turkey Lake Road was evacuated just before 11 a.m. due to the threat. The store appeared to be letting people back just before 1:30 p.m.

No other details on the bomb threat have been released.

"I was actually shopping for to get a frame for my degree and I had my headphones in and in between the music I heard, 'Attention Shoppers...' I couldn't hear what was going," said shopper Corey Wolfgang. "A few seconds later I had a team member come up to me and said we had to get out of the building."

Meanwhile, two suspects have been arrested in the robbery that sent customers and employees were running from the same Walmart early Wednesday.

Roderick Houser, 24, and Malcom Shabazz, 24, were arrested in the robbery, which occurred before 1 a.m. at the Walmart at 8990 Turkey Lake Road.

According to the sheriff's office, the duo demanded cash from two female employees who were emptying the store's cash registers.

After the gunmen ran off, deputies said there was conflicting information prompting an evacuation of the store.

Caleb Fisher said he pulled into the parking lot when he saw customers and employees running toward him.

"All of a sudden we saw the whole store being evacuated, like all the employees and customers were screaming (and) running out," said Fisher.  About 20 to 30 seconds later, just drones of sheriffs (were) pulling up circling the place."

No injuries were reported in the robbery.

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Posted by Nadeen Yanes News 6 on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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