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Armed robber holds up employees at Mira Mesa restaurant

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A restaurant in a Mira Mesa-area shopping center was robbed at gunpoint early Monday morning. Police reported that a man wearing a mask depicting a skull got away with cash and cell phones.

The suspect entered the El Patron Traditional Mexican Grill in the 9400 block Mira Mesa Boulevard near Westview Parkway about 15 minutes after it closed at midnight, pulled a handgun and demanded cash, according to San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros.

Three employees were ordered to stay in a back room and not to call officers for 10 minutes while the suspect escaped with an undisclosed amount. The employees followed his commands and waited. 

Officers are investigating if there is any surveillance video of the burglary. They hope to obtain a description of the getaway vehicle. 

Police describe the suspect as a 28-year-old black male, standing 5 feet six inches tall with a light build, wearing a black bandana covering his face with a skull on it. He was also wearing a black and white striped dress shirt, gloves and jeans.

It's not clear if there was any connection between the employees and the suspect. 

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