MPD still searching for two men accused of robbing Central BBQ

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men are on the run after robbing popular Summer Avenue barbecue restaurant Central BBQ nearly three weeks ago.

One of the men was caught on camera, and the manager said he is desperate for the public to help solve this crime.

Restaurant manager Barry Young said he was inside the store after closing with three other workers when the men came through an unlocked back door, pointed guns at them and ordered them to the floor.

"They had the gun in my face, and he puts me and another one of the managers and cooks on the floor and then took me in the office, and I unloaded the safe," he said. "They were a little anxious, young, and they got what they wanted and then they left."

Young said the gunmen took the cash from the safe and personal items from some workers but took off running when someone flagged down police.

"When they got here, they were probably just 10 or 15 seconds behind them," he said. "They were escaping through the back gate, and they were on them pretty quick, so I think that's why they were so quick to drop their guns and phone, which I got back."

One of the men was caught on surveillance video in the area. Young said he is confident the video will help lead to an arrest. It's now posted on the Memphis Police Facebook page.

"They looked obviously pretty young to me, and all we can do is hope that they get caught so that they don't do something like this again because they could have not-knowingly or accidentally hurt somebody," Young added.

Even customers are hopeful police will catch the people responsible for the crime there.

"For sure, for sure absolutely, and then if they do catch them, they need to put them on TV and say, these are the guys that broke in, don't be like these guys," said Tim Dappen, who was visiting from Denver.

Young said the business is taking extra security steps to make sure this doesn't happen again.

He said he also had surveillance video, but the video that came from a neighbor close by was clearer.

This is an ongoing investigation. If you have any information that could help lead to an arrest, give CrimeStoppers a call at 528-CASH.

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