Employees Tied Up in Italian Restaurant Robbery

Suspect entered through the back door of Giovanni's restaurant in Clairemont

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    Giovanni's Restaurant in Clairemont was robbed late Tuesday night. Employees weren't able to call police for an hour after the robbery, since the suspect zip-tied their arms and legs.

    Employees at an Italian restaurant in Clairemont were tied up and robbed at gunpoint late Tuesday night.

    The suspect entered through the back door of Giovanni’s restaurant on the 6100 block of Balboa and Clairemont at about 11:40 p.m., according to Lt. David Rohowitz with the San Diego Police Department.

    The restaurant was closed, but the back door was propped open so that employees could take the trash out.

    Police say the male suspect wielded a silver revolver at the restaurant’s four employees, ordering them to the floor as he tied their arms and legs with plastic zip ties.

    The suspect ordered one employee to direct him to the cash register, where he stole an undisclosed amount of money.

    After the suspect left, it was an hour before employees could remove the zip ties and call police.

    Robbery detectives responded to the incident and are investigating the evidence.