Ontario police release photos of suspects in robberies
By Gail Wesson
Ontario police have released surveillance photos of two suspects in a pair of brazen robberies at the same Ontario Mills food court business earlier this month.
The first time a single suspect was armed with a knife, and the second time a suspect was accompanied by a second person and armed with a gun, according to police.
The July 7 and 10 robberies were at a Charleys Philly Steaks restaurant inside the food court.
The suspects would have walked through the central sublevel of the commercial center, and the back door they used to access the restaurant is inside the building, Detective Melissa Ramirez wrote in an email earlier this month.
On July 7, a man carrying a knife forced his way through the back door about 11:15 a.m. and ordered employees to open the business safe. The robber ran away with about $3,000 in cash.
The robber was described as a black male, 18 to 20 years old, between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall, with a thin build and cropped hair. He was wearing a black or blue T-shirt, black basketball shorts and tennis shoes with white soles.
Then July 10, police said, the same man and a second person used a ruse to force entry through the back door about 5:15 p.m., this time armed with a handgun.
After a short scuffle with an employee, the robbers learned the safe could not be opened. Instead, they grabbed employees’ bags, purses and belongings and ran out the back door.
Witnesses said the robbers drove away in a newer-model maroon Ford or Chevrolet four-door sedan.
The second robber was described as a black male, 18 to 20 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, with a medium build, dark hair and a short beard. He was wearing a dark blue or black T-shirt with tan or light brown pants.