A restaurant manager defended his Flagler Street business earlier this month from an attempted robbery, investigators said.
The incident was reported on May 12 after 11:15 p.m. Police are conducting an investigation.
Omar Gonzalez was the manager on duty when a man entered Antigua Guatemala Restaurant, 2741 W. Flagler St., and began threatening employees. The suspect got into a confrontation with Gonzalez, shoving the cash register off the counter when Gonzalez refused to give him money. In an attempt to stop the robbery, he punched the suspect in the face before chasing him out of the restaurant.
Employees and patrons chased after him as he fled toward Northwest 28th Street. One person, who could not be identified, can be seen on video picking up a chair before running out behind Gonzalez.
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The suspect left empty-handed and was driven away in a dark four-door sedan. He was last seen wearing a blue hoodie with blue jeans and appeared to be about 5 feet 8 inches tall. Witnesses said he was heavy-set with a goatee and appeared to be in his 20s.
While the suspect said he had a gun, Miami-Dade police did not confirm that he was armed.
Have information? Call:
▪ Miami-Dade police at 305-603-6370.
▪ Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.