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Police search for 6 after brutal assault, robbery at Normandy Park gas station captured on video

Men attacking a worker while robbing the Friendly Normandy Market on Friday, Sept. 15. (Photo: Friendly Normandy Market)
Men attacking a worker while robbing the Friendly Normandy Market on Friday, Sept. 15. (Photo: Friendly Normandy Market)
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A woman is recovering after being brutally assaulted during a gas station robbery in Normandy Park.

It all happened Friday around 9 p.m. at the Friendly Normandy Market. Leah Johnston is a cashier at the gas station, surveillance video shows her getting hit multiple times and kicked to the ground.

“Once he started hitting me I pretty much just went into defense mode and I really didn’t see anything after that,” said Johnston.

Warning: The below footage from the Normandy Park Police Department and Friendly Normandy Market shows the attack and may be disturbing to some viewers.

Normandy Park Police Chief Dan Yourkoski said they’re looking for six male suspects. In the video, they can be seen wearing all black and face masks.

Police said all six suspects arrived and took off in two stolen vehicles, a Kia and Hyundai. Both cars have been recovered, according to police.

Johnston said she was alone when the men robbed the store and assaulted her. She told KOMO News she knew something bad was going to happen.

“When I saw them come through the door with the masks and what not I had a feeling something was going to happen and I mentally prepared myself to be robbed, I was not prepared to be attacked.”

Johnston said the suspects were inside the store for about four minutes. She added the suspects took around $100 in cash and handfuls of merchandise from the cigarette case.

“They said that they were going to take what they wanted for free, and came behind the counter. The one started hitting me, I was beaten into the corner at that point. Then it was over. I mean it was fast, very fast,” said Johnston.

Mary Severe, who also works at the store, said she was talking to Johnston for about 30 minutes before the suspects entered the store.

“I heard she said don’t come back here, behind the counter, and I thought you know what she's screaming, and I heard ouch,” said Severe.

No suspects have been caught.

As for Johnston, she told KOMO News she’s going to take some time to recover but added that this isn’t going to stop her from going back to work.

The owner of the store said they will be adding more people during the night shift and working on bringing in more safety measures to protect their staff.

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