LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police need your help in tracking down three suspects accused of kidnapping then robbing two Jack In The Box employees early Thursday morning.
"In eleven years there's been no incident of any kind here and I was like, Lufkin's changing," said Dwight Plyer, manager of the Jack In the Box located on the corner of Highway 69 south and Loop 287.
Early Thursday morning Plyer received a frantic phone call from two employees. "Then I get told a little more and I'm like oh Lord, okay," he said.
Police said the two employees were locking up the restaurant when they were approached by three men in disguise, demanding them to unlock the door. The key wouldn't budge.
"I think the original intent was to rob the store and when that didn't work out they seemed a bit confused about their plan," said Lt. David Young, Lufkin Police Dept. spokesperson.
Instead the suspects improvised. Lt. Young said the suspects hijacked one of the victim's car and kidnapped them.
According to police the two victims were dropped off on the side of Ford Chapel Road. With no cell phone and no money, their only option was to start walking. "They walked up to Love's Country Store and called 911," said Lt. Young.
Plyer said the employees will return to work under a few conditions. "They asked me to turn on the outside lights," he said. "If it makes you feel comfortable walking off here with all the lights on... turn them on leave them on. I'm fine paying the light bill."
He tells us this isolated incident was a major wake-up call. "I told my employees all of them even the ones that are in here right now I care about you just like you're my family."
Police found the car Thursday morning in east Lufkin. Now they're just looking for the suspects. If convicted, they could get life in prison.