Police: Men Arrested, Search is on for More Robbers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brazen robberies are shaking up South Kansas City. Restaurant employees have had guns put to their heads and been pistol whipped.

For more than a week, police have had three suspects in custody in connection with the recent robbery at Poncho's Mexican Restaurant in Midtown. The robbers gave one of the employees the scare of his life.

"Pointing the gun to me," said the robbery victim.  "I thought it was a joke."

It wasn't a joke tough. On the afternoon of December 28, the 20-year-old employee says two robbers wearing hooded sweatshirts stormed inside Ponchos and pointed a gun right at his face. They then demanded all of the money including tips in a jar on the counter.

"I was scared and everything," the victims said. "As soon as they got all the money, they just started walking out and we called the police."

In addition to the three Pancho's suspects, two others remain in jail in connection with the recent rash of business robberies. Police say there are more suspects out there that were involved in violent robberies at fast-food chains, convenience store and retail stores. They were all bold crimes that were caught on surveillance tape.

"We may have linked the pattern with one that has been extremely violent," said Det. Dawn Templeton with KCPD. "Most recently, the Sonic one that was one the news. It's not confirmed but it's part of the pattern."

The arrests of the suspects from the Pancho's robbery has some people relieved.

If you have any information on any of these crimes, call the TIPS Hotline call (816) 474-TIPS.

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