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Two sought in robbery of Miguel's

Two men wielded a gun and a knife to rob Miguel's restaurant on Clover Lane in Ashland on Sunday afternoon, according to Ashland police officials.

Restaurant manager Flavio Martinez said one of the robbers demanded all the money he had in his wallet, then told him to open the cash register and took all the cash.

"He said, 'Get on the ground,' " said Martinez. "He said, 'If you call the cops, I'm going to kill you.' "

Police Sgt. Teresa Selby said the robbers fled on foot and were still at large Sunday night. She said the police don't know if the suspects had a car nearby.

The robber with a gun had a red beanie, a red sweater and blue jeans and is a white man in his late 20s, she said. The other robber, who was carrying a knife, is described as a white man in his early 20s wearing a white hat, white T-shirt and black pants.

Selby urged anyone with information about the suspects to call 482-5211 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.

She said the amount of money taken wasn't known.

Selby said Ashland police received a 9-1-1 call about a half hour before the robbery at Miguel's.

Martinez said he had seen the two men standing outside the restaurant and they tried to get into one of the back doors. He said a cook was also with him at the time.

His suspicions aroused, he said he called for help, but immediately decided he was mistaken.

"A lot of people dress like hippies in Ashland," he said. "I didn't think they would do that."

Martinez said he wished he'd asked the police to come out.

"Why did I do that?" he said.

He said the man with the gun came to the back door and used his foot to block it from being closed and demanded Martinez give him all of his money.

He said he didn't recognize either of the robbers as former customers of the restaurant.

"It was very scary," he said.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com.