A multi-agency investigation has led to the arrest of two masked suspects accused of robbing a restaurant at gunpoint, in a chilling robbery that was caught on camera.
Irvine police released chilling video Thursday while announcing the arrests and sharing email snaps of the suspects charged with being behind the robbery.
The robbery took place Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at “All That Barbecue” located at 15333 Culver Dr. in Irvine, police said.
The video shows the pair storming through the back door with loaded handguns, as they grab an employee by the arm and lead all of the employees to a bathroom.
Police said while one suspect took employees’ wallets and mobile phones, the other tried to get money from the restaurant’s safe and cash register.
Allan Hoang, 28, a resident of Monterey Park, and Alanmichael Babauta, 25, a resident of Westminster, were arrested in connection with the robbery on Jan. 20, police said.
“Barbauta and Hoang have been arrested for robbery, kidnapping, burglary, forcible confinement and conspiracy. They are suspected of committing similar crimes throughout Orange County,” police said in a statement.
Hoang, who police say was a barbecue employee in 2017, was found with a silver semi-automatic handgun similar to the one used in the robbery, and also allegedly had some of the items stolen by the employees with him.
When Babauta was taken into custody, he allegedly drove a stolen vehicle.
The Irvine Police Department was assisted by the Santa Ana Police Department and the Garden Grove Police Department in the investigation.
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact Detective Nate Ridlon at 949-724-7494.