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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2007 12:00 pm | Updated: 4:54 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

A local business' slogan –"Having a good day at One Stop Financial" – doesn't hold true for the employees who were robbed at gunpoint there three days ago.

"As long as we are busy, we don't react to it as much," said one of the female insurance agents, who is afraid to release her name for fear of retaliation from the robber. "He knows what we look like, but we don't know what he looks like."

Around 7:30 p.m. Monday, a lone gunman wearing a ski mask entered the One Stop Financial Service Center at 701 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd., stuck a gun in the face of a 4-year-old boy and demanded money.

"It's still fresh in our minds, and when we hear the door, we think it's quite possibly happening again," said the 37-year-old woman. "I guess it's just the process."

The insurance/payday loan business closes each day at 6 p.m.

The woman said the front door was locked, and employees were getting ready to do their nightly paperwork. They had unlocked a side door to a building leading out into the parking lot, and the robber rushed through that door carrying a small black semiautomatic pistol.

"He pointed the gun at the kid's face and told us if we didn't give him more money, he was going to shoot the kid," said the woman. The boy is the son of one of her co-workers.

The woman, who has been working at the business for two weeks, said many things were going through her mind.

"You feel defenseless. I was thinking, Should I fight back? Should I react?' I was worried about the other three who were shook up. I felt like somebody had to take control, but (what is) the right thing to do with a little boy with a gun in his face?"

The woman on Wednesday said she felt OK that no one got hurt.

"I'm still angry. I'm scared. He knows who we are, but we have no idea who that person is," said the woman, noting the robber was within inches of their faces.

The woman said she believes the robber had cased the business and knew the employees' routine.

"I think he waited until he knew the only vehicles at the business were ours and there were no customers here," the woman said.

The woman described the robber as being around 5-foot-7, with a slender build, wearing a Desert Storm camouflage jacket and black sweat pants. She said she could tell he had a dark complexion from the part of his fingers visible in his cutoff gloves.

Carroll Smith, Killeen Police Department spokeswoman, said Wednesday the investigation into the robbery continued, but there were no new leads.

Killeen Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 cash for any information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for this crime. Call 526-TIPS today. Tips may be anonymous.

Contact Jimmie Ferguson at jferguson@kdhnews.com

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