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Suspect eludes owner, police after hold-up at Broadway’s Rom Mai Thai — UPDATE

A man claiming to have a gun robbed Broadway restaurant Rom Mai Thai Wednesday night before escaping on foot.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the suspect held up the restaurant in the 600 block of Broadway E just after 7 PM and fled with a person identified as Rom Mai Thai’s owner in pursuit. UPDATE 3/1/18 10:15 AM: Police say the suspect reached behind the counter and grabbed zippered bank cash bags and fled where he was confronted as he left the restaurant and threatened that he had a gun before running from the area. It doesn’t sound like he got away with much cash — staff said there was probably around $30 in one of the pouches.

According to the radio updates, the owner returned to the restaurant after losing the suspect who was last seen fleeing on foot westbound on E Republican.

The suspect was described as a white male, around 5’8″ to 5’10” with a slim to medium build, wearing a black raincoat with white stripes, a hoodie pulled over a ball cap on his head, and a pair of grey sneakers with white soles. No gun was displayed during the hold-up.

A police search of the area was not successful.

There were no reported injuries.

Thanks to reader Sandy for alerting us to the police response.

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4 thoughts on “Suspect eludes owner, police after hold-up at Broadway’s Rom Mai Thai — UPDATE

  1. This is a delightful restaurant and I’m so sorry this happened. Hope you are all doing OK, and see you very soon.

    • I’m sorry too. This place is wonderful, with good food, reasonable prices, and amiable staff. I wonder: Do businesses like this have insurance which covers a loss due to theft?