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Armed man robs Walmart at River City Marketplace

Police: Man wearing Walmart vest demands money at gunpoint, flees with cash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Walmart at River City Marketplace was held up by a man with a gun early Monday morning, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

According to the police report, three employees were in the office, where they keep and count the money, when a man came in wearing a Walmart vest with a name tag that said "Ray." The man pulled a handgun and demanded the cash.

As he started to leave, the gunman threw some of the money back at them, telling them to keep it, the police report said. He told them not to look at him or follow him, because someone was outside watching. He then fled with several bags of money, police said.

A woman who was at the store when it opened around 6 a.m. told News4Jax a second man was in a getaway car.

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The gunman is described black and approximately 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall.

Police said they are looking for the men and ask anyone with information about the robbers to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

The store was locked down for over an hour before police allowed anyone to leave.

"I've got friends that work here, and I bring my granddaughter in here with me all the time," Debra Woodbeck said. "It kind of worries me that that goes on here."

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Many shoppers like Woodbeck arrived at the Walmart Monday morning to find the store closed and surrounded by crime scene tape. The store has since been reopened for business.

"We noticed that they were using gloves, and we know they don't do that unless forensics is out there," Woodbeck said. "I can't believe that at Walmart. I mean, I know they do shoplifting here, but armed robbery -- I just can't believe it."

Many shoppers said the news of the robbery had them thinking about their safety.

"You get to where you just don't feel safe anymore," shopper Charles Wolfla said.

Walmart officials referred all questions about the incident to the police department because of the ongoing investigation.