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Three men rob Durham Red Lobster

Posted August 23, 2010 7:24 a.m. EDT
Updated August 23, 2010 6:10 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.