Robber locks McDonald's employees in freezer

HPD: Second suspect was getaway driver

HOUSTON - A gunman barged into a southwest Houston McDonald's and robbed the employees early Friday.

Police said the suspect had a 9-millimeter handgun when he entered the 24-hour restaurant on Highway 6 and Westheimer Road around 3:30 a.m. He pulled out the gun and pointed it at the cashier.

She told Local 2 he threatened her saying, "If you push a button, I will pull the trigger."

He forced the cashier and two other employees to open the safe, and then he made them go into a freezer before he locked it. They stayed in the freezer for about 15 minutes until police answered their 911 call.

"He came in and pulled the gun out on me. We all went to the back," said an employee who did not want to be identified. "I just started praying."

Police said the robber cleaned out the safe, and took off in a van driven by a getaway driver. They escaped with about $1,000.

No shots were fired and no one was injured, officers said.

Investigators said the McDonald's has surveillance video, which they are still processing.

"We're working on surveillance. We'll know more when that comes out," said Sgt. Sean Neal with the Houston Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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