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Erie Police Investigating Violent Armed Robbery @ McDonald's

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Breakfast preps for employees of an east-side fast food restaurant were interrupted Friday morning, by a violent robbery.
An armed man barged into an east side McDonald's, demanding money.

It was a brazen robbery, and detectives spent the day Friday interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video, in hopes to catch this suspect.

Police say around 5:20 Friday morning, a masked man walked up to the front door of the McDonald's at 26th and Broad.
The doors were locked, so he shot out the windows, kicked in the broken glass, and barged into the restaurant.
Police say the suspect then jumped over the counter and pointed a silver handgun at the head of an employee, and demanded money.
The dining area was closed at the time, but apparently there was a witness in the drive thru.
Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers says this was a very violent robbery, so they're working hard to identify and arrest the suspect.

"It is very violent, dangerous, aggressive behavior. I'm sure the employees were very scared," said Chief Bowers. "Anytime a gunman pulls out a gun and starts waiving it around and puts it up to the head of an employee, it takes it to a new level. So we have this as a priority investigation,"  Chief Bowers added.

Police believe this robbery was done by the same suspect that held up the same McDonald's last month.
Only this time, that suspect got a lot more violent.

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