Armed McDonald's Bandit Locks Employees in Freezer, Steals Cash: Police

Police say the suspect hid in the bathroom until the store closed

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012  |  Updated 9:25 PM EDT
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Police are looking for the masked suspect who robbed a Queens McDonald's at gunpoint, locking employees in the freezer after hiding in the bathroom as the store was shutting down for the night.  News 4's Gus Rosendale reports.

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Police are looking for the masked suspect who robbed a Queens McDonald's at gunpoint, locking employees in the freezer after hiding in the bathroom as the store was shutting down for the night. News 4's Gus Rosendale reports.

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Police are looking for the masked suspect who robbed a Queens McDonald's at gunpoint as employees were shutting down the store for the night.
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Police are looking for the masked suspect who robbed a Queens McDonald's at gunpoint, locking employees in the freezer after hiding in the bathroom as the store was shutting down for the night.

Police say the suspect walked into the McDonald's on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica just before 11 p.m. Thursday and hid in the bathroom for more than two hours until after the restaurant closed.

He emerged wearing a mask and wielding a black semi-automatic handgun at about 1 a.m. and forced two of the three workers closing the fast-food joint into a freezer, police said.

The suspect ordered the remaining worker to show him the safe. Once the safe was opened, the suspect stole an undetermined amount of money and used flexible handcuffs to restrain the worker who was not locked in the freezer, police said. 

The suspect then fled onto Avon Street.
 
The suspect is described as being about 28 to 33 years old, 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds with long black hair. He was wearing a black ski mask, a blue hooded sweatshirt and blue pants at the time of the robbery.
 
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted online here

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