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Customer told to get on the floor "or they'd blow my head off" during AT&T armed robbery

"I knew it was something serious," Customer at AT&T store during armed robbery speaks out (Courtesy: AT&T Certified Retailer)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Less than three minutes is all it took for a group of men to get in and get out of AT&T store in Huber Heights, before they got caught across town.

Thurman Mayton was right in the middle of the action.

“Told me to get down, or they’d blow my head off,” Mayton told FOX 45’s Shavon Anderson.

Mayton was the only customer in the store, getting a phone for his dad. Surveillance video shows him on the ground, with other employees, when police say the store was robbed in broad daylight.

“Told me to stay still and lay down, quit moving,” Mayton said. “Then I knew it was something serious.”

Video shows more men holding another employee at gunpoint in the back room of the store, forcing him to get money and merchandise from several safes. The suspects left minutes later. Mayton followed.

“Went out behind the last guy and got the license plate number,” he said.

Huber Heights police quickly found that vehicle, which they said was stolen. They chased the suspects, before that stolen car crashed near Longford and Harshmanville. Crews from multiple agencies swarmed the area, eventually arresting seven people.

“We have a lot of work to do here,” said Lt. Matt Dulaney, with the Huber Heights Police Department. “Right now, we’re just beginning to clean up. We have crashes, we have stolen vehicles, we have robbery suspects, we’ve got weapons, we’ve got evidence to deal with.”

Mayton is surprisingly calm about the situation, chalking it up to a simple explanation.

“That’s just the way it is nowadays," he said.

There’s no word on how long the store will be closed.

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