TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tampa Police are searching for an armed robbery suspect after they say a Bern’s Steak House valet was robbed early Sunday morning.
Police say it happened at about 12:40 a.m. as the valet driver was walking down an alley to a secondary parking lot to get a vehicle.
As the victim approached the corner of the parking lot fence, police say the suspect emerged from behind the fence, aimed a handgun at the victim, ordered him to the ground and demanded his money. Police say the victim complied and was ordered to run toward S. Howard Ave. The victim then looked back and did not observe the suspect flee to the north, according to TPD.
Police have released a description they say is similar to a previous robbery of a valet at Bern’s on May 1.
The suspect described as white male, 5’9, 145-150 lbs., 35-40 years old, ball cap with curved bill, possibly a bandana covering part of his face.
A representative with Bern’s sent a statement to WFLA.. it said, “Bern’s Steak House and its related entities takes the safety of our guests and employees very seriously. After the last incident, additional lighting was installed in the area, as well as modifying the fence along our property line to secure access. Last night’s incident, and previous crimes in the area, is an indication that there must be increased vigilance by all guests and residents of SOHO, and that we as businesses must increase security presence to prevent these criminals from invading a beautiful and safe neighborhood. Bern’s has been the foundation of Howard Avenue for 60 years, and in that time, the block has changed significantly. We will be working with the local authorities and the SOHO business watch to prevent future incidents from happening. We want our guests, employees, and friends to know that SOHO is a safe place to live, work and eat. We will not tolerate anything less.”
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