RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond police are searching for two men who robbed a cafe in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood.
Police said two masked men were seen entering Hill Cafe around 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, according to witnesses.
The suspects demanded money, wallets and cell phones while carrying a handgun at Hill Cafe on East Broad Street.
They then ran away on foot and still remain at large.
“It’s surreal to see someone walking in there with violence,” Josh Young said.
“I live four-five houses away from the café. Knowing it happened less than a block away is scary,” Jake Keley said.
Several people who frequent the Cafe often say they are speechless.
“It’s a reliable place. Everyone there is really nice and friendly. It’s a pretty arm place to be,” Young said.
“It makes me rethink walking my dog at night as well,” Keley said.
No one more hurt than Maude Baltzegar.
“Chills go up my spine. I go there often and that’s my nephew,” Maude Baltszegar said.
Maude has lived just doors down from the cafe for over thirty years and says her nephew is devastated.
“He’s holding up very well. It’s on his mind and he’s fiercely protective of his patrons,” Baltszegar said.
A spokesperson for the restaurant released this statement saying:
"By now you’ve probably seen that The Hill Cafe was robbed at gunpoint on the night of November 8th, 2019. It’s something no restaurant owner ever wants to happen, let alone with patrons on the premises. The most important thing is that no one was harmed. We are grateful how composed and calm our manager and customers were through this incident.
We’ve operated The Hill Cafe for nearly 20 years in Church Hill and are proud to be a part of the Church Hill community. We believe it’s a safe and thriving neighborhood, but the sad reality is incidences like this can happen anywhere. As a company, we put the safety of our customers and employees first so this hits very close to home. We will continue to do all we can to assist the RPD investigation. We thank you for your support and any help you can provide in identifying the suspects."
“That’s my family. These people are my family. The guest and patrons are apart of my world,” Baltszegar said.
Using K9s, Richmond police were able to recover some of the stolen items.
Anyone with information or surveillance footage of the crime should call Lt. W. Brereton at 804 -646-0573.
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