Police: Former employee robbed Station Square restaurant wearing old uniform
A former employee at the Grand Concourse in Pittsburgh's Station Square robbed the restaurant early Friday morning while wearing his former busboy jacket embroidered with the eatery's name, according to police.
Morgan Lewis, 56, of the city's Spring Garden neighborhood worked the closing shift at the South Shore restaurant for a month last fall before he stopped showing up for work, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.
Police said employees were locking up shortly after midnight when a man later identified as Lewis forced his way into the restaurant while wielding a gun. He ordered the two employees still there to open the safe and put money into his bag.
Officers spotted a man matching Lewis' description on the Smithfield Street Bridge, according to the complaint. Lewis was knelt down adjusting his boots when an officer ordered him to freeze.
“Lewis looked up at me with a startled look, immediately looking for a means of escape,” police wrote in the complaint. “(He) stated, ‘I didn't do nothing; it wasn't me,' ” and started to run toward Downtown.
As more officers arrived, Lewis laid down on the sidewalk and allowed police to take him into custody, the complaint said.
Investigators said Lewis had a black cloth napkin tied around his neck — the same kind of napkin used in the restaurant. They also found a black Grand Concourse jacket not far from the robbery scene.
Police said Grand Concourse employees identified Lewis as the suspect, including one employee who said she worked on the closing shift with Lewis during his brief tenure clearing tables.
Court records show Lewis was released on bail Feb. 2 after spending nearly a month in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing on charges of robbery and receiving stolen property.
Lewis was charged with three counts of robbery and simple assault, one count each of theft and making terroristic threats and two firearms violations for the latest incident at the Grand Concourse.
Staff writer Matthew Santoni contributed. Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer.