Robbers hit diner on K-Beach

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2002

"I really thought they were going to shoot me," said Eva Thompson, after robbers entered the K-Beach Diner on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai demanding money Saturday night.

Thompson, who was alone in the small restaurant after closing, said one of the robbers "kept telling the one with the gun to just shoot me."

One robber, described as a white male in his 20s, brandishing a silver, short-barreled revolver, and another described as a Hispanic or Native male, also in his 20s, entered the diner through the unlocked front door.

As Thompson approached telling them the restaurant already was closed, one grabbed her around the neck and demanded money. The pair ordered her to empty her purse and to open all the file cabinets in the little office off the side of the dining room.

"I told them the other owner had already left with the money and they spotted my tip jar and took it," said Thompson. The jar contained $84.

The robber with the gun then ordered Thompson to the floor and because the office is so small, she just sat down. He then shouted at her to lie down on her stomach.

"That's when the other guy told him to just shoot me," she said.

"I really thought they were going to. Then the white guy said, 'Shut up, Cabron,' and they headed out the front door."

Thompson remained on the floor and reached up to the phone on her desk and called police.

Within 10 minutes, Alaska State Troopers responded and began searching the area for the two men but were unable to find them.

Both were described as being about 5-foot, 8-inches to 5-foot, 10-inches, wearing knit stocking caps, blue jeans and hooded sweatshirts. The white male was described as thin and the dark-skinned male as being of medium build. Neither had a mustache or beard.

Thompson said normally the diner's waitresses lock the door as they leave while Thompson finishes closing the business. Saturday, however, a dishwasher left after the waitresses and failed to lock the door.

She also said her husband, Don, often stays with her at closing to finish cleaning up in the kitchen.

"It's lucky he wasn't here, because if he would have come out and surprised these guys, who knows what would've happened. They were really nervous and my husband is bigger than both of them," Thompson said.

She said Monday that troopers have suspects in mind and they brought pictures of six men to the restaurant Sunday, "but none of them looked liked the robbers."

Troopers were unavailable for comment Monday.

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