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Suspect sought in armed robbery at Detroit McDonald’s

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

At first, the man who walked through the door of a McDonald’s restaurant in west Detroit on Saturday night hardly attracted attention from the customers seated inside.

But that changed seconds later, when a surveillance camera captured him pulling out a gun and demanding money, police said.

Investigators say he robbed the restaurant of more than $400, and now they’re seeking tips from the public to find him.

The suspect’s every move after entering the restaurant in the 9800 block of Grand River at about 7:15 p.m. was recorded since the business participates in the city’s Project Green Light program. The crime-fighting effort equips retailers with high-definition video cameras and other technology that feeds footage to the Detroit Police Department.

Wearing a salmon-colored hooded sweatshirt, khaki cargo pants and brown boots, the suspect was filmed forcing five people to the back. The manager was then ordered to open a safe, police said in a post on the department’s Facebook page.

Minutes later, the suspect was seen fleeing on foot through the parking lot carrying a box.

Authorities describe him as an African-American male, age 25-27, 5-foot-11, with a slim build.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts or has information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-5240 or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.