Police are tracking three robbery suspects disguised as comic book characters who held up a pair of restaurants in south Nashville early Friday morning.
Just before 1 a.m., the suspects robbed Taco Lopez in the 800 block of Murfreesboro Pike not far from Interstate 24.
About 45 minutes later, they went down the street and robbed the Horus Restaurant and Café in the 1100 block of Murfreesboro Road off of Thompson Place.
Officials briefly saw their faces on surveillance video before they put on masks, but said it was difficult to make out their facial details.
According to police, the surveillance video from the Horus Restaurant showed three masked men walking in the back of the restaurant. One, in a blue wrestler mask, pointed his gun at the employee and puts his finger to his lips while saying, "Shhh." He then forced the employee to the ground.
Meanwhile, the other two suspects walked to the front of the store and took money from the register and tip jar.
One was wearing a Punisher mask from the comic book and movie, and the other was wearing a white t-shirt around his head and a purple bandana over his face.
According to police, the suspects smashed the register to the ground and disconnected the phone line so the employee could not call for help.
They fled the scene with $1,500 and money from the tip jar.
Prior to robbing the Horus Restaurant, they pulled off a similar robbery at Taco Lopez where they forced two customers out of their booth and ordered them to hand over their cell phones.
They took a couple hundred dollars from the register and some food before fleeing the scene.
Police told Nashville's News 2 a K9 unit was able to track them to an apartment complex on East Thompson Road but then eventually lost their scent.