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Restaurant employees jump, detain would-be robber

Published January 24, 2012 9:09 am

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The intruder said he had a gun, but employees and customers of the Asian Isle Restaurant weren't convinced.

So, Salt Lake City police say, several of them jumped the would-be holdup man about 9 p.m. Monday, subdued him and held him until Salt Lake City police arrived.

Police say when the 33-year-old suspect came into the restaurant at 100 S. 500 East, he demanded money — and said he would start shooting if he didn't get the cash. He held one hand inside the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt as he made the threat.

But when he removed his empty hand from the pocket, police say, several people jumped him.

Police do not believe the suspect is the same person responsible for a rash of restaurant holdups elsewhere in the Salt Lake Valley this month.

The man did not have a weapon, police say, but struggled with officers briefly when they arrived.

He was booked into Salt Lake County jail in suspicion of aggravated robbery and resisting arrest.

remims@sltrib.com