Updated:EAST POINT, Ga. —
Police released surveillance video of a violent robbery at an East Point Chick-fil-A restaurant.
Investigators hope someone will recognize the men and turn them in.
Channel 2's Liz Artz spoke to business owners who said robbers hit that section of Cleveland Avenue frequently.
Police said the two men in the video are considered very dangerous. The armed men walked into the restaurant with loaded handguns and ordered an employee to take them to the safe. The manager in the back room saw the men on surveillance monitors before they entered his office.
"[He] grabs the phone when he sees what's going on and dials 911, throws the phone under the counter,” said East Point police Lt. Cliff Chandler.
Police said the men then ordered the employee to open the safe. That is when one of the men pistol-whips the manager when he realizes he can't access the cash.
"We're really concerned about these individuals and threat they pose," Chandler said.
The men eventually took tills from the register and ran from the store, only to meet responding officers in the parking lot. The men dropped the money and ran into a wooded area, leaving behind a loaded gun, a face mask and a ball cap.
"This will be sent to the crime lab for testing, we're hoping to obtain DNA off of it direct us towards a perpetrator,” said Chandler.
Police are asking anyone who has information to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. You can remain anonymous and receive a reward.