Arcadia restaurant robbed; suspect fled scene with backpack full of cash

Arcadia police responded to a robbery at a Coco's Bakery Restaurant on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.

Arcadia Police are searching for a man suspected of robbing a Coco's Bakery Restaurant Sunday night.

At 10:31 p.m. on Sunday, Arcadia police officers responded to the restaurant, located at 1150 W. Colorado Boulevard, on a report of a robbery.

A preliminary investigation determined that sometime between 10:10 p.m. and 10:20 p.m., a suspect approached a bakery employee in the back of the restaurant with a silver semi-automatic handgun.

The suspect then entered the restaurant through the backdoor with the employee and confronted the restaurant manager in his office. The man demanded the manager to fill his backpack with money.

Once the backpack was filled with an undisclosed amount of cash, the man locked the two employees in the freezer and fled the scene.

According to authorities, the two employees escaped the freezer unharmed and dialed 911. A third employee was in the restaurant, but was not aware of the robbery that took place. No customers were in the restaurant at the time of the crime.

The suspect is described as a black man in his early 20s, with a slim build, standing between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He wore a black-hooded jacket with gray and black flannel lining and dark-colored pants. He also wore a mask that only covered his nose and mouth.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5123 with the case number 15-0056. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact "Crime Stoppers" at (800) 222-8477 or text TIPLA to CRIMES (274637).

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