Four sought in sushi restaurant heist

SUWANEE - The search continued Monday for four masked men who assaulted workers at a popular Suwanee sushi restaurant during a harrowing heist last week, police said.

The gunmen, cloaked in bandannas and Halloween masks, crept in through an open kitchen door of the Sushikita Japanese restaurant after 10 p.m. closing time Friday, according to a police report.

Witnesses described the suspects as black men in their late 20s or early 30s. One robber held a silver handgun to a female employee's head and pulled $76 from a register. Another suspect bashed a man standing in the kitchen with a "bat-like object" because he didn't speak English, the report says.

That victim, a friend of an employee, was bleeding from his left ear when police arrived but declined medical treatment, the report says.

The suspects ran out the door they'd entered, and it was unclear if they fled the scene - a shopping center at 1145 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. near McGinnis Ferry Road - by foot or vehicle.

The restaurant is not equipped with surveillance cameras, police said.

Capt. Clyde Byers, Suwanee police spokesman, said investigators are working with agencies in surrounding cities and Hall County to locate the perpetrators.

It's unclear if the men are wanted in connection with other robberies in Gwinnett or outlying areas, Byers said.