Victim pistol-whipped during robbery at The Spot in Galveston

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) -- There's a reward offered for information after an armed holdup at a popular Galveston eatery.

At about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Galveston Police officers were called to The Spot in the 3200 block of Seawall Boulevard for a report of an aggravated robbery involving a firearm.

Victims and witnesses told police that a man walked into the restaurant and bar, pulled out a small black revolver and demanded cash.

During the robbery the man pistol-whipped a victim and fired the gun inside the restaurant. No one was hit by the gunfire. After getting the cash, the robber took off in an unknown direction.

Police say the suspect is described as a black man, 5'10" to 6' tall, with a heavier build. Pictures from the restaurant's surveillance video show the suspect wearing camouflage pants, a black shirt, a gray hoodie sweatshirt, and carrying a blue and gray backpack.

"I still kinda can't look at the video," said the mother of a teen who was assaulted during a robbery at The Spot in Galveston. "It could have been worse."

The mom, who wants to be anonymous, said her 19-year-old son was working inside when the suspect stormed in.

"(He said) he forced them to get on their knees," said the mom. "Forced him to the safe to get the money."

After giving the cash, she said, her son thought he was not going to make it out alive.

"He said what did it for him was when the gentleman was counting down," she said. "He felt like when he got to number two, that was it."

Instead, the suspect hit him on the head with the pistol. Police said he ran out with cash and even fired his weapon inside the business while some customers were inside. However, no one was hit.

Meanwhile, the mom said her son had to get staples on his head.

Residents who heard about the incident are now sharing photos and video hoping to find the suspect.

"We'll hopefully narrow it down and get the person who did it," said the mom.

Detectives are asking anyone with any possible information about the robbery to call 409-765-3778 or Galveston Crimestoppers at 409-763-8477.

In addition to Crimestoppers' $1,000 reward for the successful arrest and conviction of a suspect, the owner of The Spot is now offering a $2,000 reward and said they will prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.

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