North Augusta restaurant robbed after closing early this morning

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A masked man robbed a North Augusta restaurant at gunpoint early this morning as employees were leaving.

According to Department of Public Safety reports, two workers had closed Ruby Tuesday restaurant on Knox Avenue just before 1 a.m. and were leaving when a man emerged from the bushes and demanded that they take him to the restaurant’s money.

Once inside the restaurant, the man forced them to turn off the alarm and fill a to-go bag with the money from the safe, cash drawer and deposit. He then took their cell phones and put them in the bag containing more than $2,000 before closing them in a walk-in cooler, the police report said. The victims pulled an alarm inside of the cooler to alert police.

Officers believe the suspect left the scene in a vehicle that was parked behind Goodwill Industries, which is located in a shopping center behind the restaurant.

The victims describe the suspect as a black man, possibly 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing between 180-200 pounds.

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