Employees at Ubee’s found tied up early Monday morning

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Employees at a Highland Strip restaurant and bar were found tied up after an armed robbery early Monday morning near the University of Memphis.

Police say two masked men came into Ubee's around 4 a.m., held four employees at gunpoint, tied them up and took off with money from cash drawers.

"That's definitely scary," said U of M student Cliffton Pappas, who lives right across the street. "That makes me a little nervous, because I felt like this area had started to go up a little bit, especially with the new stuff on the Highland Strip. So, that's really surprising actually."

Ubee's had already been closed for about an hour when it happened.

Police say the suspects came in through an unlocked back door while employees cleaned up and prepared to close for the night.

They took off with cash from the restaurant, but no one was hurt.

U of M student Kareem Dasilva says he's not going to let a couple of bad guys force him into hiding.

"It's Memphis, there's crime," he said. "If you let the crime take over, then you'll just end up losing your spirit. ... You can't live in fear."

But Pappas tells us he'll be a little more careful after the sun goes down.

"I probably won't stay out very late anymore in this area," he said.

Investigators are combing through video from surveillance cameras, which captured the entire robbery.

Police say those suspects – both black and around 6'2" – were wearing masks, gloves and sunglasses.

One is described as heavy set with dreadlocks.

They drove off in a four-door car, possibly grey, with chrome rims.

If you know anything, call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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