LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Four men terrorized and robbed the owner of a popular Lakewood deli on Sunday night, 19/43 News' Wendy Gillette reported.
The group of men followed Dianna Fanourakas home at approximately 11:30 p.m. after she wrapped up her night of work at Dianna's Deli on West 117th Street in Cleveland.
When Fanourakas arrived at her home on Lake Avenue, a van suddenly pulled up behind her car. What is usually a safe, quiet neighborhood turned into anything but for the deli owner.
Two men got out holding handguns and forced her inside the home, asking her where the safe was located. Inside, the thieves run into Fanourakas' niece and son.
"They were secured, tied in the basement," Lakewood Police Chief Dan Clark said. "The suspects were asking for the combination of the safe, which the victims couldn't provide."
Police said that the thieves then loaded the entire safe into the family's jeep.
Three friends of Fanourakas' son happened to stop by and were also ordered down at gunpoint until the criminals took off.
Police later found the jeep at West 38th Street.
The crime has stunned the neighborhood and customers of the popular deli.
"I'm shocked that it happened here of all places, I'm just shocked," neighbor Lori Piscitello said. "I'm going to make sure my door's are locked all the time."
"I think it's awful," restaurant customer Cathy Novy said. "I mean, come on. You can't even leave your business and be safe. It's horrible, but that's the world today, unfortunately."
Fanourakas was roughed up, but not hurt in the incident. Police advised her not to talk to the media.
If you have any information about this crime, you are encouraged to call the Lakewood Police Department.
You might remember that Dianna's Deli is the same restaurant where Cleveland Indians outfielder Milton Bradley was reportedly arrested last week for public drunkenness.