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Three men rob Durham Red Lobster

Posted August 23, 2010

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— Durham police are looking for three men who robbed a Durham Red Lobster Sunday night.

The robbery occurred just after 10 p.m. at the 4416 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd. restaurant.

Both customers and employees were inside at the time, although authorities haven't said how many. An assistant manager twisted her ankle running from the suspects, but no other injuries were reported.

In a call to Durham 911, a manager described three male suspects wearing masks and carrying guns.

A second caller offered more specifics, describing one man wearing a full mask and two others with bandannas over their faces. The men were carrying "silver Glocks with black handles," the caller said.

"They robbed everybody in here," the caller said. The suspects made off with cash and cell phones from both employees and customers, as well as the contents of cash registers, the caller told dispatchers.

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She said one suspect had cornrows and another had his hair in twists. The trio referred to each other as "Cuz."

Investigators said money was taken from the restaurant, but they were not sure if customers were robbed.

Earlier this month, Larry Donnell Timberlake, 52, of East Point, Ga., was shot several times outside the restaurant.

Police don't think the incidents are related. "At this point, we don't have anything that indicates that outside of the fact that it's the same location," said Chief Jose Lopez.

Mark Jaronski, a spokesman for Darden Restaurants, which owns the restaurant, said in an e-mail Monday that customer and employee safety is the company's highest priority and that it has increased security at the restaurant.

"As a matter of practice, we don't disclose security details, because to do so would compromise their impact," Jaronski said.

Lopez said he didn't see any reason for undue worry.

"I wouldn't have a problem going down this evening to Red Lobster with my family and sitting down and having a meal," he said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Durham Police Deaprtment at 919-560-4583, ext. 29356 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.
 

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  • 23tony Aug 25, 2010

    Hold on here...

    "Having a concealed carry permit wouldn't of helped any customers in this situation as your not allowed to carry in any establishment where alcohol is served."

    This is true - it is illegal to carry a firearm in any establishment that serves alcohol - even a restaurant like Red Lobster.

    So, shouldn't that law have prevented these guys from taking their guns into the restaurant in the first place?

  • equiambao Aug 25, 2010

    Surprisingly, I hear less noise in the chat about the relevance this attack has with a series of robberies, burglaries and thefts that have surfaced. They may or may not be strung together, but they at least have surpassed Baltimore City's rate in the past 2 months- a city that is at the top 5 most violent cities in the country. Does anyone not care about addressing this or finding a solution? I work and am currently in Baltimore and know that those issues would have been at the top of news coverage. Keeping it silent will only make it worse.

  • Hammerhead Aug 25, 2010

    Lead by example and eric, good comments. If a citizen pulls out a weapon, there would be bullets flying all over the place. No telling how many deaths or injuries would result in the shootout. They got what they wanted and left.

  • truth.1979 Aug 25, 2010

    Look If you work at night at a business that generates lots of money then you should pay law enforcement special duties to watch you establishment. In fact the way crime is going every home owner should have a dog and a gun. Lets show these criminals enough is enough. Walk in and exit in a body bag.

  • Lead by Example Aug 24, 2010

    I lawfully carry a firearm for protection and must say that using deadly force against armed robbers is always a judgment call.

    If I were in that restaurant and all three men came in my direction at once with guns drawn, and I felt that shooting back would be futile then I perhaps wouldn't draw and fire my gun.

    On the other hand, if I were able to tactically fire at one or all of them I would most likely do so, in order to eliminate the threat of one or all suspects and possibly scare off the other two. It is all about the totality of the circumstances.

    People must remember that armed robbery is a violent crime, whereas suspects may decide anyway to injure or kill someone who is cooperating.

  • eric52272 Aug 24, 2010

    i am a gun owner and i would be hesitant about pulling it out on 3 armed individuals...you had better be a good shot if you try to take on 3 at a time by yourself...now of course if they were shooting everyone in sight i would take my chances and fire on them but not in this situation.

  • divineblessing Aug 24, 2010

    Any one who eats their after a murder and another robbery after three weeks is a fool. Go some where else!!!

  • divineblessing Aug 24, 2010

    Lopez said he didn't see any reason for undue worry. "I wouldn't have a problem going down this evening to Red Lobster with my family and sitting down and having a meal," he said.

    YOU SHOULD WORRY! SOMEONE WAS KILLED THERE THREE WEEKS AGO AND IT HAPPEN AGAIN THIS WEEK!!!! I GUESS THE RED LOBSTER SECURITY GUARD WAS NOT WORKING THERE THAT NIGHT!! IF I WAS WALKING MY DOG FIFTEEN MINUTES EARLIER AT LA QUINTA THREE WEEKS AGO, I COULD OF BEEN KILL TOO!!! I HOPE THEY ROT IN PRISION AND BURN IN HELL. GOD KNOWS WHO YOU ARE!!!

  • micksphoto Aug 24, 2010

    Why did not anyone tell them that it is against the law to carry a gun into a buisness that serves alcohol for consumption.

  • Igor Aug 24, 2010

    Hey Shooter! Wanna go to Red Lobster???

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