Local Mexican restaurant robbed at gunpoint Halloween night

COLUMBUS - Instead of treats, it was cowardly tricks for local restaurant Los Luna's on Halloween night. Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves confirmed the restaurant was robbed at gunpoint at approximately 10 p.m. the night of Oct. 31. The Columbus Police Department is heading up the investigation, and more details have since emerged on the incident, though the suspects remain at large.

Columbus Chief of Police Jason Daniels said that two armed suspects in Halloween masks entered the restaurant at approximately 10 p.m., and attacked the owner after pointing a gun at him. A second employee heard the commotion and was also struck by one of the assailants. The two suspects then fled the restaurant on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Chief Daniels said that his department has recovered evidence and is actively following up on all leads.

"From what we know, it's apparent the business had been watched prior to the incident," Chief Daniels said. "They knew the pattern of the restaurant's procedures."

Chief Daniels suggested that, as a safety precaution, businesses change up their routines periodically, and always report any suspicious activity.