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Suspect sought in armed robbery of campus Coffee House
STANFORD -- An armed man robbed the Coffee House on the Stanford University campus late Tuesday night, July 5, escaping with an undisclosed amount of money after terrorizing the half-dozen employees who were cleaning up after closing.
Capt. Raoul Niemeyer of the Stanford Police Department said the suspect was described as a black man between 20 and 30 years old, about 5-foot-7 and with a stocky build. He wore a black nylon stocking mask and dark clothing. He carried a handgun.
At about 11:45 p.m., the suspect startled the night manager when he "appeared out of nowhere," Niemeyer said. The Coffee House closed at 11 p.m., and employees had thought all the entrances were secured. The suspect's means of entry is still being investigated.
The suspect ordered the night manager and five other workers into the office area; he told the manager to open the safe and ordered the others to tie one another up with cords. Before leaving with the day's receipts, he pistol-whipped two of the employees, who were later treated by paramedics for head wounds.
Stanford police ask that anyone who may have seen the suspect contact the investigating officer, Sgt. John McMullen, at (415) 723-9633.
Niemeyer also said the robbery may be linked to an earlier Tuesday night call about a man acting suspiciously in the vicinity of Stern Hall.
Anyone who saw a man putting on what appeared to be a ski mask while in a parked vehicle on Escondido Road near Stern should contact McMullen.
The Coffee House is located in Tresidder Memorial Union in the central campus.
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