The armed, masked men who robbed Cooter Brown’s at closing time last week previously committed a similar holdup of a Domino’s restaurant in New Orleans East, based on surveillance images released by authorities Friday morning.
The Domino’s robbery was around 1:30 a.m. June 6 on Chef Menteur Highway near Read Boulevard, according to a NOPD news release. Employees were closing the store when the two men approached with handguns, and one forced an employee to open the safe in the office with a gun to his head, the report states.
The other robber took another employee into the kitchen, but when the employee said he didn’t have a key to it, the gunman kicked him in the ribs, the report states. At that point, “the victim grabbed the subject’s gun and it fell apart,” the report states.
The robber picked up the pieces of the gun and they left in a dark-colored, two-door vehicle with $815 from the office safe, the report states.
The Cooter Brown’s robbery was similar: Around 4:30 a.m. June 13, the two men entered the bar as employees were closing up, forced them to the safe and retrieved $990 from it before leaving along Leake Avenue to Short Street, the report states.
One suspect was wearing a black ski mask with a white hoodie and dark-colored pants, the report states. The second suspect wore a green Halloween mask and a dark-blue hoodie with “California Berkeley” written on the front in gold lettering.
NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel has said that the men are likely to strike again until they are caught, and urged employees who close businesses late at night to be especially careful — especially on tasks that involve opening exterior doors — while they remain at large.
Anyone with information is urged to call Second District detectives at 658-6020 or, to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward, call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.