Armed ‘job hunter’ holds up restaurant, puts employees in freezer

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police are investigating a robbery at the "Huddle House" restaurant in Westport. Police said the robbery happened shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday. Police said the suspect asked for an application and a short time later pulled out a gun.

Ahmad Abunamous, one of the owners of the Huddle House, said a waitress noticed the suspect walking by the restaurant a couple of times before walking inside.

Within moments, Anna Robinson said the man walked inside the restaurant where she and a cook were about to wrap up their shift.

"He's dressed like a chef and he comes in and asks for an application," said Robinson.

After getting an application, Robinson said the man suddenly pulled out a gun and pointed it at her back.

"It's behind me and there's not much you can do about it," she said. "He told me, 'don't move!' Then he yelled at the cook to get on the floor and asked me to open the cash register.

The 20-year-old Kansas City Art Institute student and her frightened co-worker both obeyed and got on the floor.

"I opened the drawer and he tells me to get on the floor. He takes out the money."

After stealing some cash, the armed robber then wipes down his fingerprints. But he's not finished scaring the two co-workers.

"[He] takes us to the back and puts us in the walk-in," Robinson said, referring to a large walk-in freezer in the back of the restaurant, all while still being held up at gunpoint.

"We stayed in there for about a minute to make sure he was gone," she said.

The restaurant's owner is just glad no one was hurt.

"I don't care about the money," Abunamous said. "My employees were very happy they were not hurt. They were in good condition and they will be back very soon to work."

The suspect was said to be wearing a work uniform and left the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities have released surveillance video and are asking anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

Huddle House Robbery Suspect

Huddle House Robbery Suspect

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