W.C. Harlan Robbed at Gunpoint
W.C. Harlan, the popular speakeasy-style Remington bar that City Paper awarded Best Atmosphere earlier this year, was held up at gunpoint early Tuesday morning, according to a police report.
About 1:40 a.m., a man entered the bar and pointed a semi-automatic handgun at a bartender’s head and demanded money from the cash register. Unsatisfied with the amount in the till, he then demanded that night’s tip money.
As the robbery was happening, one of the bar’s owners was able to sneak outside and call police, but the gunman was gone before officers arrived, making off with $400-$500. No injuries were reported.
“Everyone is fine,” owner Lane Harlan tells City Paper via email. “We have well-trained employees who reacted to the incident in a compliant and calm manner. Service industry workers should know to be extra vigilant around the holidays.”
The suspect was described as an African American male with a light complexion, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 170 pounds, and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, light denim jeans, and a wig with black curly hair.
Harlan says the incident occurred after the bar had closed at 1 a.m., and the door had been left open as employees were coming in and out to smoke cigarettes. Since the incident, owners have hired a company to install 24-hour surveillance cameras and have taken other security measures. “Moving forward, we will not be victimized in our own neighborhood,” Harlan says.