NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WTXF) - Philadelphia police released surveillance video in hopes of finding two males in connection to a robbery at a Chinese takeout restaurant.
The incident happened on September 15 around 11 p.m. at the Great Wall Chinese restaurant on the 6700 block of Torresdale Ave.
The 35-year-old co-owner says it was one of the scariest moments of her life. Police say two men entered her store, one pulled out a gun and vaulted the counter.
According to police, the gunman struck 3 times in a 7-day period, leaving store owners terrified. The owner of China House on Oxford Avenue, who asked not to be identified,says the gunman approached her as she was outside the front door playing with her children, ages 6 and 8.
"He point the gun to me and the kids," she said.
Police believe the same armed bandit entered a McDonalds with a mask on and his gun out. He ordered all the employees out the rear exit door, but the worker who remained could not open the register, according to police. The gunman fled empty handed.
"We're obviously on a spree. We want the public to look out and see if they know this guy," Northeast Detectives Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum said.
The owner at Great Wall is so scared she now closes the protective glass at night and passes food through a narrow opening.
Police are certain someone will recognize the suspect from this photo from an overhead camera. The robbery victims are hoping police put the man behind bars soon.
Police say the gunman got away with $400 and a few carton of cigarettes in one robbery and $55 in other.