Robber Strikes Popular River North Restaurant Late Sunday

An armed robber struck a River North restaurant near closing time on Sunday night, escaping with an unknown amount of cash, police said.

Around 11:45 p.m., the gunman entered the restaurant through a back door and encountered an employee who was counting money at Quartino, 626 North State Street, according to police. Officials said the robber pointed a handgun at the employee and demanded that they hand over the money. The employee followed the gunman’s demands and the offender ran out of the restaurant.

The robber was last seen heading eastbound on Ontario Street in a tan vehicle, police said. The car has a broken driver’s side window covered in tape and a smashed grill, according to CPD’s Office of News Affairs.

Police described the offender as a black man between 18- and 25-years-old with a light complexion. He was wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, and a blue baseball cap.

No one was injured in the hold-up. Area Central detectives are investigating.

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