Tuesday, November 22, 1977

3 Gunmen Dine, Then Rob 19 In Queens Restaurant

Three gunmen robbed 19 patrons and seven employees of $10,000 in jewelry and $1400 in cash early yesterday in a restaurant in the Rego Park section of Queens.

The police said the robbers entered the restaurant – the Vienese Pub at about 11:30pm and ordered dinner. After eating, they paid their bill of $30 and then went to the restaurant’s bar, where they produced guns. They ordered the customers and employees to lie in the rear and then robbed them.

The manager said that the gunmen then took him to the safe in the basement and that, when he said he did not know the combination, had his neck and ear slashed. They gunmen fled in a stolen car.

Excerpt from New York Time Nov 22, 1977

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