Armed men shouted
'robbery,' then ran away

By Daniel Silliman


Clayton County Police are looking for three men, dressed in patriotic colors, who kicked down the back door of a Chinese restaurant, brandished weapons, threatened a robbery, and left.

One wore a white, hooded sweatshirt, one wore a blue, hooded sweatshirt and one wore a red, hooded sweatshirt, witnesses told police.

The trio kicked open the back door of Hong Kong City, 8480 Ga. Highway 85 in Riverdale, a little before 10 p.m., Tuesday night. One was carrying a pump-action shotgun and one was armed with an unknown type of long gun, according to police reports. The three, described as six-foot-tall black men, started shouting "robbery" when they ran into the premise, but then turned around and left, without taking anything.

It was not clear Wednesday why the armed robbery was aborted.

Two witnesses, who work at the restaurant, a 26-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, both from New York, told police the trio of armed men got into a dark-colored sports utility vehicle with chrome rims and left.

They did not give detailed descriptions of the men who shouted "robbery" before running away.

A third witness, however, a 42-year-old florist from Hampton, who was in Hong Kong City at the time of the incident, was able to give police more detailed information. He remembered the color of the clothes the men were wearing and knew one of them had a pump shotgun.

Police were attempting to review the security camera footage from a nearby business which may have captured the faces of the three, or may have captured the license plate on the sports utility vehicle.

Anyone with information about the failed robbery attempt, is asked to call the Clayton County Police Department's tip line at (770) 473-5400.