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TPD Searching for 3 Suspects After T.G.I. Friday's Robbery

By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email

November 18, 2011 3:30pm by Julie Montanaro

Three employees injured in a robbery at T.G.I. Fridays are now recovering at home.

A restaurant manager says all three were treated and released from the hospital late yesterday afternoon. He says one man suffered a broken nose and fractured jaw.
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November 18, 2011 - 9:40am

The Tallahassee Police Department responded to the TGIF on Capital Circle Northeast at approximately 7:18a.m. on Thursday November 17th, 2011 to a reported robbery. Upon arrival, officers located three victims inside the business with varying injuries. None of them were life threatening. All three victims are also employees of the business and were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Further investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division has revealed three possible suspect descriptions:

Suspect- Black Male 5'10” Thin build with bandanna over his face
Suspect- Black Male 5’08” Stocky build with his face covered
Suspect- Black Male 6’03” Large build wearing a jacket with a “fur” lined hood

Anyone having information about this case is urged to call the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477).

Remember Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for a reward up to $1000.

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UPDATED by Julie Montanaro

T.G.I Fridays has re-opened for business.

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UPDATED 11.17.2011 by Julie Montanaro 12:40pm

Tallahassee Police have taken down the crime tape at T.G.I Fridays and employees and managers have been allowed back inside.

Employees swept up the broken glass and taped handwritten signs on the doors indicating the restaurant was closed.

A steady stream of lunch customers pulled up only to discover the restaurant was closed.

"Nothing surprises me anymore," one man said when he heard about the robbery.

We have no word yet from managers on when the restaurant will reopen.

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Tallahassee, Florida - November 17, 2011 - Noon by Julie Montanaro

A trio of robbers struck at T.G.I. Friday's and beat up the employees. Tallahassee police are still looking for the culprits.

The incident happened at 7:15 this morning. The front door was shattered. There are just a few shards of glass still hanging in the corners.

Police aren't saying much, except that they are looking for three black men. Eyewitness News spoke with the owner and managers and they tell us there were three employees at the restaurant at the time, and that they had just opened up to start prepping for lunch.

The managers tell us the robbers beat up the employees, but no one was shot. The managers tell us that all three are being treated at the hospital right now.

T.G.I. Friday's employees are lined up on the curb at the parking lot, waiting on word of when the restaurant will open.

Forensics crews are still going in and out of the restaurant collecting evidence.

One employee told us her colleagues were locked in the freezer, but TPD will not confirm that at this point.

We are also awaiting a description of the robbers and a possible getaway car.

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Tallahassee, Florida - November 17, 2011 - 11:50am

There were 3 victims inside at the time of the robbery. All are TGIF employees and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

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Tallahassee, Florida - November 17, 2011 - 9:15am

According to the T.G.I. Friday's owner, the restaurant should be open for lunch.

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Tallahassee, Florida - November 17, 2011 - 8:20am

An Eyewitness News reporter on the scene has confirmed that there was a robbery inside the T.G.I. Friday's in Tallahassee. Several injuries have been reported and an ambulance came to pick up the injured. The status of those injured is unknown at this time.

The suspects were three black males. They got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

T.G.I. Friday's typically opens around 11am, but employees get in at around 7am. The 911 call went out at about 7:18am.

T.G.I. Friday's will be closed for several hours, but may open back up later in the day.

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Tallahassee, Florida - November 17, 2011 - 7:40am

A robbery has just occurred at 3390 Northeast Capital Circle (T.G.I. Friday's), according to Officer Susan Newhouse with the Tallahassee Police Department. As of now, the business and parking lot is being shut down so that officers can conduct their investigation.

Eyewitness News has a reporter on the scene. Stay with WCTV for updates.


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