by: Ken Lemon Updated:
BELMONT, N.C. - The images of Tuesday night’s robbery at a Belmont restaurant are still fresh in manager Nate Helton’s mind.
“It was shocking and very surreal,” he said.
Helton said he can still see the men with guns coming at him.
"It was just a shadow at first and that’s when they came running around here,” he said.
He remembers one pistol-whipping his colleague.
"He runs up and starts hitting him in the head,” he said.
Helton said he can also still hear the threats.
"They were telling me they were going to shoot me. Telling me not to move,” he said.
Helton is a manager at The String Bean, a restaurant in downtown Belmont just down the street from City Hall.
"We had just locked this door and we were securing this door,” Helton said. “We saw a shadow and it was kind of moving."
It was two men, one black and one white. Witnesses said they darted around the fence behind the building.
They made Helton and his employee get on the ground.
"The guys were standing over us behind us with a gun to the back of our head,” he said.
The men took their wallets, cellphones, even a motorcycle helmet and left.
"They were on a mission. They were trying to get in and get out," Helton said.
Police said this is unusual.
They are looking for help finding the men who left here at about 11:45 p.m.
Meanwhile, Helton said there will be new security measures to make sure this doesn't happen again.