Restaurant workers tie up, pin down robbery suspect

Workers foil attempted robbery at Cheddar's on Northwest Side

SAN ANTONIO – A group of employees worked together to foil a robbery attempt at a Northwest Side Cheddar's restaurant late Wednesday night.

San Antonio police said the attempted robbery occurred around midnight at the restaurant located in the 15600 block of Interstate 10, just inside Loop 1604.

Police said the suspect, identified as Arthur Garcia, walked in through the back door and took money from a cash register before a group of employees teamed up to stop him.

"He was a former employee at the location. He did point a gun that we came to find out was an Airsoft gun, not a real gun, but did point the gun at their manager and demanded money," said Officer Doug Greene, spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department. "The officers arrived there very quickly. When they arrived, they did observe several employees on top of the (robber). They had his feet tied up with rope, and they had disarmed him of the gun."

Greene said it was not clear whether or not the manager knew the gun was a fake.

"That was all in what was going on in the mind of the manager. So he used his best discretion in reacting the way he did, and this time it worked out," he said.

Garcia was arrested and charged with robbery.

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