The latest robbery victims in a spate of attacks against local Asian business owners are a Delaware County couple who left Fujian Provence on the southeast coast of China 10 years ago. They live in a second-floor apartment above China Moon, a restaurant in the 500 block of MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale. The woman said her brother owns the restaurant and she and her husband have worked there for five years.
The woman, 42, said she and her husband were sleeping at about 3 a.m. today when they heard a knock at a bedroom window. Two black men in ski masks forced their way in through the window, pointed a gun at her husband's forehead and demanded money.
The woman said she started to cry and told them she didn't speak much English. She gave them $100 or $120 and told them, "Money for you. You go, You go."
Her husband began to struggle with the one of the men the hallway, and the gun fired, punching a fist-sized hole in the wall near the floorboard. The men then fled through the window, she said.
Collingdale police said the men used a ladder to get onto the roof and into the apartment.
China Moon, the only Asian restaurant on the block, is five blocks away from a thrift store on MacDade that was robbed by two black men in ski masks Monday morning. The men, described as about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, rang an employee buzzer at 7 a.m., tied the manager with a cord and demanded cash, threatening to shoot him. They left with an unknown amount of money.
The men wanted in the China Moon robbery had similar descriptions. The couple estimated that one man was about 6 feet 2 inches tall and had a thin build, while the other was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and medium build. Both wore dark clothing.
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