Two Men Nabbed in Attempted Restaurant Robbery When They Obey Order to Return
Two Chicago men arrested for trying to rob a local restaurant this past weekend made the police work easy: They walked right into a trap.
The two men, identified by police and prosecutors as Domingo Garcia-Hernandez and Mario Garcia, entered the Clifton Grill, a halal restaurant in the West Rogers Park area of Chicago, around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, and demanded food. The owner told them to come back in an hour.
When they returned as ordered, the police arrested them on charges of aggravated robbery, according to the Cook County Prosecutors Office.
A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department said one of the alleged robbers came armed with a gun, but it was later found to be a toy gun.
Mohammed Mukhi was eating at the restaurant when the men first entered. He told ABCNews.com that he had just ordered shish kabobs when one of the men came up to him and said, "'I have a gun, give me your food,'" he told ABCNews.com.
Mukhi said the owner of the restaurant was at first reluctant to call the police. "He thought it could hurt his business," he told ABCNews.com. "I said, don't take a chance, just call 911."
The customer may have been especially fearful because at the time, he didn't know the gun Garcia- Hernandez wielded was just a squirt gun. Garcia-Hernandez faces an additional charge of possession of a replica firearm, the Chicago Tribune reported.
According to police, Garcia had a metal baseball bat.
Bail was set at $25,000 for each suspect according to the Cook County State Attorney's Office. Their next court date is Aug. 19.