Man threatens to rob Chinese restaurant, employee grabs and holds him for police

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. – An attempted robbery this afternoon at a Chinese restaurant ends quickly when a kitchen employee grabs the suspect.  Lower Allen Township Police say at about 12:30 pm Keith Andrew Livingston, 28, of New Cumberland, walked into the New China restaurant in the Cedar Cliff Mall,  in the 1100 block of Carlisle Road.  He ordered an egg roll.  When asked to pay for the order, Livingston allegedly told the cashier to give him all of the cash.  He also said he had a gun, but no weapon was displayed.

From there it went down hill for Livingston.

The cashier, yelled in Chinese to other workers in the restaurant. An employee came out of the back from the kitchen and grabbed hold of Livingston’s arm.  Struggling while attempting to flee, Livingston dragged the employee to the front door of the restaurant. The commotion caught the attention of an employee at Gullifty’s restaurant next door. That employee helped in holding Livingston until police arrived.

Police from New Cumberland and Camp Hill assisted Lower Allen Township Police in taking the suspect into custody.  Police found a hypodermic needle on Livingston but no weapon.  There were no other customers in the restaurant at the time of the robbery and there were no injuries.

Charges against Livingston include Robbery and Possession Drug Paraphernalia.