CHAMPAIGN — Police are looking for two men who held up the McDonald’s restaurant on North Mattis Avenue in Champaign late Saturday, forcing employees into a room in the back of the building and leaving with cash.
No injuries were reported.
According to a release, four employees were in the building at 501 N. Mattis Ave. and had locked the doors at 10:25 p.m. But two men who had remained inside pointed guns at the employees and forced them into a room at the rear of the restaurant. One of the employees was able to call police from there, saying the robbers might still be in the building.
Police don’t know how the two were able to remain inside the restaurant after the doors were locked, but believe the hid somewhere, maybe in a restroom, said police spokeswoman Rene Dunn.
Police blocked traffic on Mattis between Church Street and Springer Drive in case the men were still in the area. They got the employees out through the restaurant’s drive-through window, got them to a safe distance, and then went into the restaurant.
The robbers already had left with an undetermined amount of money.
One of the robbers was described as a bald black man about 35 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The description of the second man was incomplete.
Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 (TIPS). Tips can also be sent at www.373tips.com
or by text by sending CCTIP plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES).