Gunman robs 20 customers in a Mpls. bar; but footprints lead to suspect


A gunman who barged into a northeast Minneapolis bar this week apparently wanted the safe deposit box – but when he couldn't find it, he instead robbed each customer individually.

A customer who was celebrating his birthday at Sporty's Pub & Grill Monday night tells WCCO the gunman went with a server to a room marked "employees only." That's when the bartender grabbed a black box and sprinted out the door, witness Nate Segal told the station.

Foiled in his box-stealing attempt, the robber decided to hold up the customers instead, demanding wallets and phones from the 20 or so people, City Pages reports.

But when police arrived, footprints in the snow helped lead officers to a home where the suspected gunman was arrested "after a little wrestling match," City Pages says.

A second man, whom WCCO describes as the lookout, was also arrested. But the best news: everyone got their wallets and phones back, the station says.

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In a post on their Facebook page, Sporty's said no one was hurt and thanked supporters for their concern, adding "We will be participating fully in the investigation with the Minneapolis Police to help rid Como of this and any other thug who tries to terrorize our local community."

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