Armed robber caught on camera holding up north Houston restaurants

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by Jeff McShan / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 10:42 AM

HOUSTON -- Just a few weeks ago at a Carl’s Jr on Ella and the 610 Loop, Houston police say a man wearing a camouflage hat and sunglasses didn’t come in to order a burger.

Instead, he pulled out a gun.

Surveillance cameras were rolling as the man put the gun on the front counter, placing his hand over it. The video goes on to show the cashier giving him the cash.

The suspect didn’t stop there, however. Witnesses at the burger joint say he hopped into a small station wagon or SUV and headed down the feeder road on the North Loop. He then pulled into a Denny’s parking lot and tried to rob workers there.

The second time, however, he wasn’t as lucky.

One waitress at the Denny's front counter saw the gun, took a deep breath, and then ran to the back of the restaurant. The robber didn’t know how to respond, so he turned around and walked out.

The worker who ran away and a few other employees locked themselves inside an office, all the while a large group of customers in a back dining room didn’t notice a thing.

An employee called 911, and police later interviewed the frightened waitress.

HPD Robbery Detective Jeff Brieden say police have few clues to go, and now they’re asking viewers for help in identifying the man in the video. Anyone with information can call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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