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9.04.2008

bay area asian storeowners/restaurants targeted by robbers

Last week, a Chinese restaurant in El Cerrito, California became the latest target in a rash of takeover robberies in the East Bay: Robbers hold up El Cerrito restaurant.

Two men, one armed with a gun and the other wearing a mask, stormed the Yuet Foo Seafood Restaurant and robbed customers and employees. There have recently been similar restaurant robberies in Oakland and other cities, including Castro Valley, Hayward and Daly City, although it's unclear whether this latest one is linked.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Bay, in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood, armed robbers beat and stabbed the owner of a corner grocery store, then kidnapped another employee (who was later released): Grocer beaten, robbed in Glen Park.

Paul Park, who owns Buddies Market, was getting ready to go home around 11:00pm when he was confronted by three or four suspects who reportedly broke in through the rear door. He was bound, gagged, and suffered multiple stab wounds, but managed to find help at the restaurant across the street.

Over the weekend, Park was reportedly in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital. Anyone with additional information about the crime is asked to call the SFPD robbery unit at 415-553-1201.