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Armed robbers target Tualatin Burger King for a second time

Police are unsure if the two robberies are connected

TUALATIN - For a second time in three weeks, masked robbers have held up the Burger King restaurant on Southwest McEwan Road in Tualatin.

At this time, police are unsure if the two incidents are connected.

At about 1:18 a.m. Friday, May 2, Tualatin police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the restaurant. Officers established a containment area and initiated a K-9 track, but the suspects were not found.

According to police, two employees reported that a male and a female, both dressed in black hooded sweatshirts with their faces covered by black bandanas, broke into the restaurant by smashing a glass dining-area door. The break-in happened at closing time just after 1 a.m.

The suspects then reportedly confronted the employees, took more than $700 in cash and then forced the employees into the freezer.

According to the employees, the female suspect was armed with a black handgun, and the male suspect was armed with a hammer.

The suspects left the restaurant on foot. The employees were not able to note if the suspects fled in a vehicle since they were still in the freezer when the suspects fled.

The female suspect is described as being about 5 feet 8 inches tall. The employees were unable to give a weight, age or race description.

The other suspect is described as a large male who spoke both English and Spanish. The employees were also unable to give an age or race description of the male suspect.

This is the second time that the McEwan Road Burger King has been a target of a late-night robbery. On April 14, police responded to an armed robbery call at the restaurant at about 10:52 a.m. An employee told police that a masked man armed with a handgun robbed her at gunpoint and took about $400.

The suspect from the first robbery was described as a male, 5 feet 6 inches tall and very thin, dressed in black pants, a blue hooded sweatshirt and a blue bandana over his face. The employee was also unable to provide a description of the suspect's race or age.

Tualatin police were assisted by a Beaverton police K-9 unit but were not able to locate the suspect through tracking.

Tualatin police are asking anyone with information on either of the two armed robberies to call their tip line at 503-691-4813.