BERKELEY (CBS 5/BCN) – Berkeley police were still trying to identify an armed man who robbed a McDonald’s restaurant near the Berkeley-Albany border early Wednesday morning.

At about 5:15 a.m., a male suspect wearing a black ski mask and dark clothing entered the McDonald’s, located at 1198 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley, and pointed a gun at a male employee who was preparing to open the restaurant, police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said.

The suspect hit the employee on the head with the gun and forced him to hand over cash, Kusmiss said.

He then ordered the employee and three other workers to get into the restaurant’s freezer, according to Kusmiss.

She said the suspect then apparently fled on foot, leaving a trail of cash in an alley north of the restaurant.

After he was gone, the employees called 911 and Berkeley police arrived at the restaurant to tend to the employees and secure the crime scene, Kusmiss said.

The employee who was hit with the gun suffered a cut to his head, but the injury was minor and Berkeley Fire Department paramedics treated him at the scene, she said.

Because the suspect was wearing a ski mask, the McDonald’s employees weren’t able to provide a detailed description of him, Kusmiss said.

She said detectives don’t think the crime is related to a series of robberies of pedestrians that has occurred in Berkeley in recent weeks.

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Comments (6)
  1. McDonaldsFan says:

    Stealing Big Mac’s or what?

  2. john smith says:

    For someone who hasn’t eatin in 2 days, it’s a wholle hell of alot

  3. Lisa says:

    Why is Berkeley looking for him? Are they considering giving him an honorary award too?

  4. RICK says:


  5. ron prazza says:

    Well Here We Go Again Was there an ( I Told ya So ) there should Have Been on
    The Outside 2′,3′ Floor Behind Mirror Glass Public Safety Security Surveillance Web
    Cams on Storefronts,or Homeowners,Schools,Clubs,Transit-Hubs to Catch the
    Robbers or Killers or Gang-Members On film for court/Jail time for the next 5-10yrs
    Or I Hope Money in the bag had Die Pack or chip/app to track back to the the thugs
    Let me Guess What they Had on Black Huddies and Baggies.
    If the out/side Cams were up and running To Catch them before the Masks go on.

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