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Teens rob restaurant at gunpoint as cameras capture it all

2 men, one armed with gun, hold up worker at Miami restaurant

Two robbers, one armed with a gun, are seen barging in to Philly Grub restaurant, 99 NW 54th St. in Miami, on Monday, July 4, 2016, before taking the assistant manager's jewelry, cellphone, wallet and other items and getting away.
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Two robbers, one armed with a gun, are seen barging in to Philly Grub restaurant, 99 NW 54th St. in Miami, on Monday, July 4, 2016, before taking the assistant manager's jewelry, cellphone, wallet and other items and getting away.

Two teenagers — one of whom was pointing a gun — walked into a Little Haiti restaurant and demanded the manager’s money, jewelry and phone.

On Wednesday, Miami police released surveillance video of the July 4 robbery in hopes of nabbing the offenders.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. at Philly Grub restaurant, 99 NW 54th St.

First, a young man wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and dark blue pants can be seen walking in and pointing a gun. Another young man in a white tank top follows behind.

Police say they entered the kitchen through a back door.

The robbers left with jewelry, a cellphone and wallet with four bank cards and cash. Later that day, the suspects were captured on surveillance video using the victim’s bank card at the CVS pharmacy, 4800 Biscayne Blvd., police said.

Philly Grub’s assistant manager Ignacio Peña, 27, told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that he was working in the kitchen with his friend, Garry Charles, when the two young people walked in.

Peña told the station that one of the young men approached him from behind and put a gun to his head.

“It was kinda scary when people surprise you with a gun in their hand,” Peña told the station. “I was working, I was busy, they just surprised me, they put a gun to my head and started taking everything from me.”

Police described the first robber as being 17 to 19 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7, and clean shaven. Police said the second robber was 15 to 16 years old, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6, clean shaven with a small afro.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Police Department’s Robbery Unit at 305-603-6370 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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