Columbia police are investigating a report of an armed robbery Monday morning at a restaurant near the University of South Carolina’s campus.
Police said three suspects approached an employee around 5:30 a.m. Monday at California Dreaming, 401 Main St., as she was outside of the restaurant.
The victim told police at least one of the suspects was armed with a gun as they forced her inside the restaurant and demanded money, according to police.
The suspect with the gun slapped her in the face when she was giving him money, police reported.
Police said the victim was not seriously injured.
The suspects were shown in surveillance footage wearing masks, hoodies and gloves.
Anyone with information about the suspects can contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, by texting “TIPSC” plus the message to CRIMES (274637) or submitting a tip on www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. Tips can be left anonymously and can earn tipsters up to $1,000 in reward money if they lead to an arrest.