Westwood McDonald's robbed at gunpoint, police say

The McDonald's restaurant at 111 Plaza Drive, Westwood, is shown on Sunday, July 29, 2018. It was robbed at gunpoint the previous night.

West Hills Regional Police are looking for a man who used a handgun to rob a McDonald’s restaurant in the Westwood Plaza late Saturday.

A tall, thin masked black male entered through a front door and shoved an employee over a counter before forcing staff to open the restaurant’s safe, West Hills Regional Police Department Captain George Musulin said.

“He pushed an employee and directed the rest of them to get together and take him down a hallway toward the office, where a deposit envelope was being stored,” Musulin said.

The man fled the scene on foot – apparently running toward Minno Drive, Cambria County 911 officials said.

West Hills police did not detail how much money was taken from the store.

Musulin said the man’s mask concealed most of his face, and he wore khaki-colored pants and a dark sweatshirt. He was described as being approximately 6 feet tall.

The McDonald’s store employee who was shoved during the robbery was “shaken up” but not injured, Musulin said.

Police were reviewing the restaurant’s surveillance footage Sunday for additional leads, Musulin added.

The McDonald’s restaurant closed overnight through the morning hours but had reopened by 1 p.m. A restaurant manager inside referred questions to her supervisor, who was in Pittsburgh on Sunday and unreachable for comment.

Across Plaza Drive, news of an armed robbery at the plaza surprised Marty Stephey, a Westmont resident.

“That’s crazy,” said Stephey, who grew up in the Westwood neighborhood and recently returned to the area. “You don’t normally hear about that kind of thing happening up here on the hill. Hopefully, that doesn’t change.”

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5053. Follow him on Twitter @TDDavidHurst and Instagram @TDDavidHurst.