It was about 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the lower Queen Anne Kidd Valley restaurant, and a police say a former employee, William P. Hart, had cut the lights in his attempt to rob the place.
The manager and other employees also fled and locked the doors from the outside, possibly thinking everyone was out.
But a 60-year-old man and his 31-year-old son were still inside. They initially thought the power had gone out, but then saw the man with a mask over his face yelling at them to get down.
Police say that man was Hart, who had accessed the safe and grabbed a bundle of cash.
“As the masked suspect passed them, (the father and son) tripped him to the ground until police arrived,” Detective D.T. Aakervik wrote in a probable cause document.
The bundle of money had fallen next to the suspect. When officers arrived, they reported finding people staring into the restaurant through the front windows and entered to find the men holding Hart on the flo.