Mayor Herenton witnesses afternoon robbery

The mayor of Memphis was an unlikely witness to a restaurant robbery Friday afternoon at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Elvis Presley Boulevard.  No one was seriously hurt in the incident, and Mayor Herenton's life was never threatened.

The mayor eats at that Piccadilly regularly, and Friday was no exception.

"All of a sudden, the cashier screams out, 'I've been robbed, I've been robbed,'" the mayor said in an exclusive interview with Action News 5.

Darrell Smith, a customer in the restaurant at the time, said he was sitting about five tables away from the Mayor when the incident occurred.  "I looked, and saw the gentleman.  He was reaching over the counter," Smith said.

As the man ran out of the store, Smith, along with several of the mayor's security guards, pursued him.  "He turned a couple of corners, jumped a couple fences, and got away," Smith said.

Memphis police are still looking for the suspect, who they don't believe showed a weapon.  Rather, they said, he displayed a note demanding money.

Police would not say how much money was taken in the robbery.  Officials were said to be investigating whether or not the same person was responsible for robbing a First Tennessee Bank in the area earlier Friday morning.

For exclusive comments from the Mayor on Friday's robbery, tune in tonight to Action News 5 at 10pm.