Police said it happened early Tuesday morning at at the Chili’s located at 3980
Police said an employee was taking the trash out at the rear entrance and was forced back inside the restaurant at gunpoint by three armed masked men. Police said the suspects then forced five other employees to lie down on the kitchen floor.
Then, police said three patrons were also ordered into the kitchen at gunpoint by two of the suspects and ordered to lie on the floor. During the robbery, police said one of the suspects struck an employee in the head with a handgun causing a laceration. The suspects robbed the business and all 9 victims of their individual money, according to LPD.
Police also said a stolen vehicle (2010 White Dodge Charger) was located on the North West corner of the Lakeland Square Mall property, which they said had been previously stolen from Orange Bowl Lanes, 4318 U.S. 98 North. Police aren’t sure if this vehicle was involved in the robbery.
Anyone with information on the armed robbery is asked to contact Lakeland Police Department at