Menchie’s Yogurt employee pistol whipped by armed robbers

Owner believes crime could be “racially motivated”

By Kevin Woodhouse

On the evening of Sunday, Sept. 15 at around 10:30 p.m., two masked male suspects speaking French entered the Menchie’s Yogurt location in Dollard des Ormeaux. One suspect, brandishing a BB gun, asked a male employee to show him where the safe was located.

A second employee had hidden behind a door but was caught by the suspects when the first employee took the armed suspect to the safe in question.

Owner David Lipper, who is currently in Romania teaching acting, wrote on his Facebook page after the incident informing customers why the store had closed for a few days.

“Two masked assailants robbed our store at gunpoint and beat one of our team members. We closed the store so the police could complete their investigative work,” noted Lipper.

“We thank you for your patience and hope you join us in our prayers that our employees shaken up in this ordeal will be okay.”

Before the suspects left, the young male employee was “knocked in the head by the gun handle and then the suspects took off on foot,” said Const. Leslie Potts of police station 4 that covers DDO. “The victims were told to wait outside for ten minutes before calling for help.”

Menchie’s Yogurt made headlines this summer when a member of the OQLF told the store that its English labeled spoons were not permitted to be used. The language office backed off on the issue but Lipper wrote that “the crime may have been racially motivated, as we have had much press on our fight with the OQLF. I will let you know when I have more details on that.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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