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Popeye’s employees ordered inside freezer during armed robbery in Hesperia

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — An armed suspect entered a Popeye’s restaurant and ordered the employees into a freezer as he robbed the business, officials said.

It happened at about 10:15 pm on February 10, 2019, when dispatch received a silent burglary alarm call from the Popeye’s in the 14700 block of Bear Valley Road in Hesperia.

Hesperia Sheriff’s Station Spokesman Edgar Moran said when deputies responded they found the restaurant empty and eventually found the employees barricaded in the walk-in freezer.

Moran said that once deputies spoke with the employees they learned the suspect entered the restaurant and pointed a black handgun at them.

Moran said the suspect then grabbed a female employee by the arm and ordered the rest of the employees to throw their cell phones on the ground and to enter the freezer where he would make them stay.

Moran said the suspect then took the female and forced her to hand over cash before putting her in the freezer.

“It was while they were in the freezer that another employee pulled the silent alarm. The employees then barricaded themselves inside of the freezer,” stated Moran,

The suspect fled in an unknown direction with an unknown amount of cash.

Authorities said the suspect is a Black male adult, in his late 20’s, early 30’s, approximately 6 feet tall, thin build, last seen wearing a grey hooded sweater with a blue design, a black face mask, dark blue jeans, and gloves.

This case is still being investigated and anyone with information is asked to contact the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station at (760)947-1500.

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