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Pistol-wielding man wearing Halloween mask robs Duarte fast-food restaurant

October 27, 2010 |  2:55 pm

A man wearing a Halloween mask and carrying a pistol charged into an El Pollo Loco restaurant in Duarte and walked off with a large bundle of cash, police said Wednesday.

Authorities denied reports that four other robbers were involved and that one of them flashed a toy gun.

“There is no truth to that,” said Lt. Tom McNeal of the Temple City sheriff's station.

Police would not comment on reports that the robber wore a President Obama mask.

Julie Weeks, a spokeswoman for the Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco chain, said the restaurant is working closely with the police, but she would not comment on details of the robbery.

-- Ching-Ching Ni