Richmond Chinese restaurant robbed twice in a week

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Chinese restaurant in Richmond has been robbed twice in less than a week.

A man wearing a mask, black hat and all black clothing walked into the New Chinatown Express restaurant on West Brookland Park Boulevard around 8:45 p.m. Sunday, report police.

Investigators confirm the suspect, who was armed with a gun, stole money from the cash register and ran out. The restaurant owner is still recovering from another armed robbery last Monday, just after 10:00 p.m. In that case a suspect came in through the back door, armed with a gun, and also stole money.

Police say in both scenarios, the suspects ran out the door east toward the direction of North Avenue. Police confirm no one was hurt in either robbery. Right now, police are still looking into whether the two cases are related.

Some people say this area is usually pretty quiet, but others say it tends to attract trouble.

"There is nothing to do in this area," said neighbor, Joseph Thomas. "If you come out here later on this evening, you will see a bunch of kids with nothing to do. That doesn't condone the wrong that's being done."

After hearing the news, people say  they're on guard ensuring nearby businesses aren't the next victim.

Investigators are still looking for suspects in this case. If you have any information you're encourage to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Your tips can remain anonymous.