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Two armed gunmen rob Regent Square tavern

| Tuesday, May 20, 2003, 12:00 p.m.

Two armed men bound and beat several employees of a Regent Square tavern during a Monday morning robbery, making off with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

It was the second time in two months that masked gunmen have robbed Ryan's Pub, and city robbery detectives said they are trying to determine whether the two heists are connected.

Pub owner Greg Sestok, 48, had four teeth knocked out during the robbery and remained hospitalized yesterday, police said. Three other employees were kicked and forced to the ground, but were uninjured.

The assailants, wearing knit caps and bandanas on their faces, entered through the rear door of the bar on South Braddock Avenue about 10:30 a.m., said robbery Detective J.R. Smith.

The men demanded money. One grabbed Sestok and forced him into an office, where he stole an undetermined amount of cash, Smith said. He then elbowed Sestok in the face and bound his mouth, hands and feet with duct tape.

The other gunman bound a second employee with duct tape and stole his wallet and cell phone. Two employees in the kitchen were ordered to lie down while the robbers took their money.

The suspects then fled in a white, boxy sedan with a black vinyl top, police said. Detectives yesterday were reviewing surveillance video from a nearby business.

Sestok previously was robbed by three masked gunmen early March 24 as he left the bar. He was not injured in that incident.

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