ERLANGER, Ky. - Northern Kentucky officials are searching for an armed suspect following a robbery at an Erlanger business early Tuesday morning.
A male suspect robbed the Frisch's Big Boy restaurant located at 4016 Dixie Highway in Erlanger around midnight. The suspect was able to enter the building when a manager answered the delivery bell at the back door, said Erlanger police.
An Erlanger Special Response Unit responded to the scene to aid police and forced its way into the restaurant. Erlanger S.R.T. then moved its focus to the roof of the restaurant, and then to the rear of the building and the neighborhood surrounding it.
A K-9 team also assisted in trying to locate the suspect.
Erlanger S.R.T. was activated to clear the area after a cellphone taken from the restaurant manager was pinged and found to still be in the area, according to police. However, police say it appears the phone had been discarded by the suspect.
The suspect managed to flee the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and some personal items from the manager and one other restaurant employee.
The suspect is described as a black male, possibly of Somalian decent, heavy set, wearing a red shirt, black tie, dark jacket and a white scarf.
Authorities closed Dixie Highway at Garvey Avenue to traffic while they responded, but reopened the roadway at about 4:30 a.m.
No one was injured during the robbery.
The Frisch's restaurant remains closed. Representatives have not yet said when the restaurant will reopen.
Officials have not released any other information about the robbery at this time.
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