Suspect forces employees into freezer in Taco Bell robbery

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Police say a gunman forced employees of an east Indianapolis Taco Bell into a freezer as he robbed the restaurant.

The robbery happened around 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Taco Bell near E. 16th Street and Arlington Avenue. Detectives are taking a closer look at the surveillance video to try to identify the robber, who wore a mask during the crime, and also see if he may be responsible for other hold-ups.

The restaurant's manager was behind the cash register when the suspect walked in. The robber pointed a silver handgun at her and ordered the four other employees to the back of the restaurant while he made the manager gather money from the cash registers.

The suspect then ordered all five employees into the freezer before taking off with the cash.

"It's terrifying. He came in just to get the money. Thank God he didn't hurt anyone. They are all okay," said JoJo Klein, manager of a nearby business.

Police say two robbers committed a similar crime May 19 at a Burger King on the west side of Indianapolis, locking two employees working the breakfast shift into a freezer. The employees got through a second door in that robbery.

If you have any information about the robbery, call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.