Seattle police say what started as a seemingly innocent inquiry about spring rolls at a Vietnamese restaurant in the International District turned into a frightening armed robbery in which employees and two customers were robbed of cash and jewelry.
According to the SPD "Blotter" blog, the robbery -- which was the work of two suspects -- occurred Sunday at approximately 3:40 p.m. at a restaurant in the 1200 Block of South Main Street.
As Detective Mark Jamieson describes:
At about 3:40 yesterday afternoon, two Vietnamese men, ages 30-40, entered the restaurant and inquired about spring rolls at the front counter. The suspects then left and walked to another restaurant. About fifteen minutes later the suspects returned, each armed with a handgun. They ordered the employees and the two customers into the back kitchen, where they demanded cash and jewelry. After robbing the victims, the suspects then fled. They were described as Vietnamese men, between the ages of 30-40, and both were wearing hooded sweatshirts. The suspects spoke both English and Vietnamese.
The good news is no one was injured. According to police, after the handgun-wielding robbers fled the victimized employees and customers were able to call police, though the suspects were not located. Authorities classify the robbery investigation as "active and on-going."