Businesses Looking Out for Each Other After Restaurant Owner Robbed
SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio– Police are investigating three armed robberies that all happened last week and in the same area.
The first occurred around 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday outside Nile Valley Restaurant off Lee Road.
Police report the owner, a 76-year-old woman, was in the parking lot when she was approached by a man with a gun. He pointed the weapon at her and demanded money. When she said she didn’t have any, he hit her with a closed fist.
He then grabbed a set of keys out of her pocket and ran away. The suspect didn’t get very far with them. Police later found the keys in the same parking lot.
Police said the victim is doing okay, but is still a little shaken up.
Jermal Carr, co-owner of Big J’s International Sandwich Shoppe, said it’s a shame something like that had to happen and hopes it doesn’t scare people away.
“We definitely have to work together as businesses to make sure that none of that is happening. Unfortunately, no one was here at our shop at the time, but we definitely have to look out for each other when it comes to that concern and make sure our patrons are safe when they come and support us,” he said.
The second armed robbery happened on Thursday at a bus stop near Lee Road and Hampstead Avenue. Police report a male victim was sitting there when a group of suspects stole his cell phone. He wasn’t hurt.
The third took place on Friday at a gas station off Lee Road. According to police, a truck driver was approached by two suspects who demanded money. The victim didn’t cooperate and managed to run away. He also wasn’t hurt and the suspects didn’t take anything.
Police are asking anyone with any information related to these cases, to call them at 216-491-1220.