2 men seize manager, rob Sizzler in Pikesville

January 03, 1993|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,Staff Writer

A Sizzler Steak House in Pikesville was robbed yesterday morning by two armed men who grabbed the manager and forced him to open the safe -- a crime that police do not believe is related to last week's murder of a Sizzler employee during a robbery in Cockeysville.

The manager, 31-year-old Vanque Bates, was returning to the restaurant around 8:58 a.m. after dumping trash when two men, both carrying handguns, forced him inside.

Mr. Bates was forced to open the safe, then bound with cord before the men fled, police said.

The amount of money taken was not disclosed.

Mr. Bates untied himself shortly thereafter and notified police.

The manager had noticed a gray car, similar to a Chevrolet Malibu, parked in the restaurant's lot before the robbery. The vehicle was gone after the incident, and police believe that it may have been used by the gunmen.

Police believe there is no apparent connection between this incident and the robbery Dec. 26 of the Cockeysville Sizzler.

In that robbery, a salad bar attendant was shot to death by one of four robbers who apparently became frustrated when they could not locate the manager.

John D. Tillman, 29, was shot in the face and pronounced dead at Greater Baltimore Medical Center a short time later.

The robbers did not get into the safe but took wallets and other possessions from patrons. The car they used was described as a tan or brown compact.

The suspects in yesterday's robbery are described as black males in their early 20s.

One was clean-shaven, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, wearing blue jeans and a denim jacket. The other suspect was 5-foot-9, 150 pounds, wearing black pants and a blue bomber-type jacket.

Police said their investigation of the robberies is continuing.

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