Both wore dark ski masks and brandished semiautomatic pistols, police said. One of them hit a waitress in the head with his gun while the other pushed employees around, police said. The two then went into a back office where employees were putting $2,500 into a safe, police said.
The men took the money and jumped into a black Nissan Maxima in which sat Tony Berl Dixon, 24, of the 2000 block of North Cleveland Street, and Darryl Watkins, 34, of the 3300 block of Haverford Avenue, police said.
As the foursome sped down Montgomery Avenue toward Philadelphia, two Lower Merion officers and a Narberth officer pursued them and stopped them in Bala Cynwyd, where they were arrested.
Dishwasher Donald Murphy, 23, of the 1500 block of North Opal Street, who was in the restaurant during the robbery, was arrested later, police said, after an interview revealed that he allowed the gunmen inside the locked restaurant. Police said Terry was a cook at the pizzeria.
All five have been charged with robbery, theft, conspiracy, receiving stolen property, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime, firearms not to be carried without a license, and terroristic threats. They are all in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility after failing to post $40,000 cash bail each.
Police said the waitress did not seek medical treatment.
Suburban Square officials said in an interview that the center's security, which usually calls for two guards per shift, was adequate.