Five restaurant employees were held at gunpoint during a takeover robbery in Whittier Sunday night, police said.
The incident occurred after the Mimi’s Cafe restaurant located at 15436 Whittier Boulevard (map) had closed for the night, the Whittier Police Department stated in a news release.
One of the employees opened the backdoor to take out the trash when he was forced back inside by a man with a gun, according to the Police Department.
Once inside, the robber forced all five of the restaurant employees into an office and had the manager open the company safe, the news release stated.
The robber then told the employees to stay in the office as he left with an unspecified amount of money, according to the news release.
A short time later, the manager came out the office and called 911. Whittier police officers responded to the scene at about 11:09 p.m., according to the news release.
The robber was described as a black man in his mid-20s, wearing a black baseball cap, gray hoodie sweatshirt and a camouflage print bandana.
His weapon was described only as a dark colored handgun.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Whittier Police Department at 562-567-9270.