Restaurant in International District robbed by gunmen, suspects at large

The employees and customers of a Vietnamese restaurant in the 1200 Block of South Main Street were confronted and robbed by two suspects armed with handguns yesterday afternoon.  Fortunately, no one was injured in the encounter, but the victims were certainly shaken up as the gunmen robbed them of cash and jewelry before fleeing the restaurant on foot.

At about 3:40 yesterday afternoon, two Vietnamese men, ages 30-40, entered the restaurant and inquired about spring rolls at the front counter.  The suspects then left and walked to another restaurant.  About fifteen minutes later the suspects returned, each armed with a handgun.  They ordered the employees and the two customers into the back kitchen, where they demanded cash and jewelry.  After robbing the victims, the suspects then fled.  They were described as Vietnamese men, between the ages of 30-40, and both were wearing hooded sweatshirts.  The suspects spoke both English and Vietnamese.

After the suspects fled the victims were able to call 911.  Patrol officers arrived and conducted a search for the suspects, but they were not located.  Detectives from the Robbery Unit were called to the scene and interviewed all the victims and processed the scene.  This remains an active and on-going robbery investigation.  Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Seattle Police.