WOODLAND HILLS (CBSLA.com) — A man was wanted Monday for the armed robbery of a TGI Friday’s in the San Fernando Valley.
The masked suspect entered the restaurant, located in the 5900 block of Canoga Avenue in Woodland Hills, around 2:30 a.m., just as employees were closing up, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
“A suspect, wearing a black hoodies and gray bandana around his face entered the location through the back service door,” Officer Wright said.
The man pistol-whipped an employee outside the eatery and then forced him and four other employees into an office in the back of the business.
He told the victims that he would kill them if they contacted police and also said he was a gang member.
“He threatened them that if they left, he’d shoot,” Officer Wright added.
The suspect stole approximately $10,000 in cash and the victims’ cell phones before fleeing the scene.
More than a dozen police cars and an LAPD helicopter swarmed the eatery after authorities were called from inside the business.
Officials brought out three of the five employees in handcuffs for questioning, but they were later released.
One employee suffered a minor neck injury.
A suspect description was not released, but police hope to use area surveillance video to gather more clues.