Men Demand Carne Asada Fries in San Diego Taco Shop Robbery

The suspect told the victims they needed to rob them because they were hungry, one worker told NBC 7.

Carne asada fries and cash were demanded by two robbery suspects inside a San Diego-area taco shop early Tuesday, the victims told NBC 7.

A man walked into the Rolberto’s Mexican Food restaurant just after 4 a.m. and yelled out for carne asada fries, according to Leo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez and his father were working in the kitchen and started cooking the order.

Suddenly two men wearing masks entered the kitchen. One of them was armed with a handgun, according to San Diego Police.

“He went in the back towards the kitchen. He flashed a revolver, pretty much I knew what was going on," the victim told NBC 7.

He told them in Spanish that he needed to rob them because he was unemployed and had a family to feed, according to the workers.

Rodriguez said his only thought was to just give him the money.

"I had family back there so I had to do this as fast as possible. Get them out of there,” he said.

The men left on foot, police said.

The restaurant is located at the corner of Adams Avenue and Mansfield Street in the Normal Heights neighborhood.

No one was injured.

Carne asada fries are a popular taco shop menu item in the Southwest often consisting fries, carne asada, guacamole, sour cream and cheese. 

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