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Customers help take down suspect in Sikeston robbery

Amanda Carr (Sikeston DPS) Amanda Carr (Sikeston DPS)
The video then recorded Carr allegedly walking behind the counter, and threatening Avery. The video then recorded Carr allegedly walking behind the counter, and threatening Avery.
The video shows the robbery unfold as it began outside the store. The video shows the robbery unfold as it began outside the store.
They had her on the ground when the cops showed up," Woods said. They had her on the ground when the cops showed up," Woods said.
The owners of Quick Chek want to meet the customers who helped catch Carr so they can be rewarded. The owners of Quick Chek want to meet the customers who helped catch Carr so they can be rewarded.
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SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - It was a robbery and capture all caught on tape.

Sikeston police say Amanda Carr, 29, of Cape Girardeau walked into Quick Chek in Sikeston with a butcher knife, threatened workers and made off with some cash.  

But as video shows, she didn't get too far. 

"I felt like I was in a horror film for real," Terri Avery said. She was working when the robbery happened Saturday night. 

The suspect encountered Avery first. Avery said she entered in a hooded coat and made her way directly behind the counter. 

Avery says the scene keeps playing over and over. 

"Every time I close my eyes I see her," Avery said. "I first I thought it was a joke until I saw the knife."

Sixteen surveillance cameras captured suspect, Amanda Carr inside Quick Chek  with a weapon and apparently a mission. 

"If we didn't give her the money she was going to use the knife," Avery said.

On the video you can hear the other workers say: "You can have it." 

Owner Jim Woods walked Heartland News through the footage. He runs the Quick Chek but also Hi-Tech Communications. The video shows the robbery unfold as it began outside the store.

"She takes her knife out and drops her bag," Woods said, as he looks at an outside shot. 

The video then recorded Carr allegedly walking behind the counter, and threatening Avery. 

She then gets between the other clerk and the panic button that immediately notifies authorities they have a problem. Woods shows you can see the worker hand over a bag, and Carr allegedly begin filling the bag with cash from the open register.  

"You can see she's dropping it everywhere," Woods said.  

Eventually the second clerk is able to hit the panic button and Avery jumped over the counter to get to a phone to call 911. 

Little do they know customers are about to take action. As Carr walks in, several men outside apparently realize she's allegedly about to start trouble. 

"They see she has a bag and a knife," Woods said.

Video shows Carr as she runs out and the men corner her. Other customers that were inside the store aren't far behind along with works. You see a man in a green shirt and others corner Carr before she gets to her.

They had her on the ground when the cops showed up," Woods said.. "The police were here in what seemed like less than a minute."

Why did they do it? Workers and customers say because Quick Chek is more than just a store. 

"What many of them tell us is this is their spot they're not going to let anything happen," Avery said. "They don't want to see us get hurt." 

Woods shows one frequent customer gathering up the money that went flying and said she returned it to the store. Woods says he is thankful for for his workers and customers. 

“We just train them to give them what they want, hit the panic button and call police," Woods said. "The customers, they take care of us." 

Police say the it's never a good idea to try to take down a suspect with a weapon. It's best to give the suspect what they want and call police. 

The owners of Quick Chek want to meet the customers who helped catch Carr so they can be rewarded. 

Carr faces felony robbery and armed criminal action charges. 

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