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China Sun robbed at gunpoint; thief still at large
Less than one week after opening in its new Port Orchard location on Bethel Road, the China Sun Buffet was robbed at gunpoint.
The robbery occurred at around 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, with the suspect escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash.
"We had the other restaurant 10 years and nothing like this has ever happened," said China Sun owner James He, as Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies were using a dog borrowed from the Bremerton Police Department to pursue the suspect.
The gunman, dressed in a black hoodie sweatshirt and a face mask, entered the restaurant and pointed the gun at Jenny Jiang, who was counting the day's receipts.
Jiang said she acted like the could not operate the cash register in an effort to stall the robber. During this time, one of the restaurant employees slipped out the back door and dialed 911.
Deputies arrived within three minutes of the dispatch, according to Deputy Russ Clithero.
Initial reports claimed that shots were fired, but deputies found no evidence of this.
Several patrons were eating their meals as the robbery occurred and were unaware of events. Police allowed the patrons to finish eating as they conducted their investigation.
He said business has been good during his first week and he did not have time to hook up the installed security camera.
He said he plans to do so on Wednesday, and also to implement some additional security measures at the same time.
Jiang, who is He's wife, said she recognized the suspect as someone who has eaten in the restaurant, both in the old and new locations. "He had a mask on, but I could see his eyes," she said. "I recognized his eyes. I'm not exactly sure who he is, but I think he has come in here. He was here earlier today."
Jiang is scheduled to meet with a sketch artist in order to develop a more detailed description.
Officers spent about 10 minutes looking for the suspect on foot and using the dog, Tabor, in an effort to track the scent.
They left the restaurant around 9:40, and employees closed up for the night.
The investigation is continuing.