Denny’s worker pistol-whipped during robbery in northwest Harris County


by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 5:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 1:21 PM

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -– Deputies are searching for three suspects who held up employees and customers at a Denny’s restaurant in northwest Harris County.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to FM 1960 at Butte Creek around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Workers said three men with bandannas on their faces entered the restaurant with two shotguns and a pistol. They pistol-whipped one of the employees and then kicked him. They then turned their weapons on others in the restaurant, demanding cash.

“I thought they were going to kill me like three times,” said manager Eva Mendes. “I thought that I wouldn’t see another day because at first they were upset because it wasn’t enough money, and I said  ‘well they’re thinking I’m lying.’”

“First I got up under the table seeking safety, but I didn’t know if that was safe enough,” said another worker named Elvin. “So when one of my co-workers was struck with a weapon I had took off running, but I was chased by a gunman.”

Elvin managed to escape and flag down a tow truck driver who called 911.

The robbers got away with about $800 in cash.

No serious injuries were reported, but one worker was taken to the hospital to get checked out.