Police have few leads in Chuck E. Cheese's robbery

November 17, 2010 1:22:02 PM PST
Pizza night with the kids turned into a terrifying experience over the weekend when masked gunmen robbed a Chuck-E-Cheese's in Newark. Tuesday, Newark police released surveillance video of the suspects robbing the restaurant and terrorizing families.

Chuck-E-Cheese's was back open Tuesday after crime that might even be considered appalling to other criminals. It was just before 10 Saturday night, when three gunmen took over the Chuck-E-Cheese's restaurant in Newark. Surveillance video shows one of the gunmen pointing a gun to the head of a young employee who was curled up on the floor.

The gunmen rounded up the rest of the employees and several families with children, about 40 people in all. Then they forced everyone into a store room while they emptied the cash register.

Not knowing if the gunmen were still inside the restaurant, the victims called 911. By the time the police arrived, the suspects were gone.

"What kind of person would do that?" customer Danish Syed asked.

Tuesday, Chuck-E-Cheese's was open again with kids and families enjoying themselves.

Newark police detectives say the gunmen were masked and they have very few leads. They are hoping someone will come forward with information leading to the suspects.

"My main concern is they robbed somewhere where there's children and the children could have been traumatized," customer Linda Salinas said.

No one was physically injured in the robbery, but it is hard to measure the psychological impact on the children and what this could do to them in the future.


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