IHOP customers, employees robbed at gunpoint

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Houston Police are investigating a robbery that happened at the IHOP on Washington Avenue along the Katy Freeway. Officers were called there at 12:30 a.m.

A victim was having breakfast with his girlfriend when he was held up at gunpoint. He only shared with first name with Eyewitness News.

"I was having pancakes with my girlfriend. Two guys came in gloves, bandannas, had the gun to the back of her head, then pointed the gun at me. I threw $360 at them. I can't believe I had that," said Allen.

According to police, three men wearing masks ran inside with guns and tried to rob the place but couldn't get the cash from the register. Witnesses say the money was in a safe instead of a cash register.

"They had a gun to his head, one of the cook's head. People were climbing the roof to get away. It was 10-15 seconds and they were gone," said Allen.

Three customers were inside eating. The robbery victim had $360 dollars in cash with him and threw it at the suspects. The suspects took $300 and left $60. All three gunmen ran out of the store and are still on the loose.

"He got all my money except for 3 of my 20's he decided to drop. He took all the 100's and dropped my 20's. I'm still shaken up. The biggest surprise ever. A gun to your head. My first instinct was to throw all my cash at the guy. At first he was surprised. His eyes got all big," said Allen. "Hell ya, they should get a job. But they benefit off people working. They get money any way."

No one was injured. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
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