For the second time this year, the Eat’n Park in Monroeville was robbed at gunpoint.
Sunday night was the most recent crime. An employee who wanted to remain anonymous reached out to Channel 11, concerned about everyone’s safety after two managers were held at gunpoint.
“That’s unfortunate when something like that happens when you’re trying to enjoy your meal and your family,” John Sabo said. “It’s a shame.”
“All young girls in there, too,” Sheryl Callahan said. “All youngsters. I can imagine they’re afraid.”
Customers we talked to say they’re concerned for the employees who they say are kind, hardworking and professional.
Police believe the same suspect also robbed the restaurant at gunpoint in January. This happened not long after the restaurant opened. Police say the suspect entered through the front door, in all black and wearing a black face mask.
“I’ve had friends who have had stores robbed at gunpoint,” Callahan added. “It’s very difficult to go back to work once that’s happened.”
“Nowadays you never know what’s going to happen,” Sabo added.
In January’s armed robbery, the manager was held at gunpoint in the kitchen/office area. The manager’s car keys, and car were also stolen right out of the parking lot. Monroeville police said the car was found several hours later and was dusted for fingerprints.
Monroeville’s police chief says he will provide additional information on the case to Channel 11 on Wednesday.
Courtney Caprara, a spokesperson for Eat’n Park, provided a statement to Channel 11 that reads:
“At Eat’n Park, our Team Members are the heart of our company, and it has always been our priority to ensure their safety in the workplace. Our team, including our CEO and COO, have been actively onsite at our Monroeville restaurant to provide care, to listen, and to address any concerns our Team Members may have around this incident. We commend our team members for their swift action and knowledge of our security procedures.”
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