Police ask for public’s help after pair of similar armed robberies in Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 3, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect or suspects involved with a pair of similar armed robberies Friday evening in Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake City Police Department said in a news release the first robbery occurred just after 7:15 p.m. at the Hook and Ladder restaurant, 1313 W. California Ave.

A man walked into the restaurant and pulled out a handgun, the news release said. He jumped the counter while employees fled to the back room. The owners are unsure whether the suspect managed to make off with any money during the robbery.

The suspect was described as black, tall and skinny build, with facial hair, and was wearing a red hoodie and black pants.

It is not known whether the suspect fled on foot or in a car, or which direction he went.

The second robbery occurred 10 minutes later, just before 7:30 p.m., at the Apollo Burger at 950 W. 1700 South, which is 1.2 miles away from the first location.

A man walked into the restaurant and pulled out a handgun, jumped the counter, grabbed money out of the till and the left out the back door.

The suspect was described as black, with a skinny build, wearing saggy gray jeans, black Air Jordans, a nylon Raiders jacket, a gray and white checkered beanie, and black gloves with white dots on the knuckles.

To share information about this or other criminal activity with the SLCPD, please call 801-799-3000. To remain anonymous, text crime tips to 274637. Start the text with the keyword TIPSLCPD (which routes it to SLCPD), then a space, followed by the relevant information or photos. Reference: crimetip.

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