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By Toni DeRosa
Wasco Tribune 

Brothers hit in restaurant robbery


February 21, 2019 | View PDF

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

Didhisio, left, and Mario Duran at Rocy's restaurant.

Rocy's Mexican Food Restaurant on 7th Street was robbed at gunpoint last week.

Brothers Didhisio and Mario Duran were both working the evening of the robbery, Tuesday, Feb. 12. Mario was in the process of cooking and Didhisio was working the counter.

Mario stated that while this wasn't the first time the restaurant has been robbed, but it was the first time he and his brother were working at the time of the robbery. "When we were robbed before, the restaurant was closed, and they broke a window to get in," Mario said. "That time, they broke into the cash register and took all the money."

Mario said that in this robbery, about $600 was stolen, too.

Without a way to identify the suspects, all he could say was that they were tall and both had on hoodies that covered their hair. They also had on masks and gloves.

Both brothers were struck in the stomach, and Mario was hit in the back.

"Our brother, Antonio Duran, has owned the restaurant for nine years," said Mario. "He also owns Roco's in Shafter. It's a family business."

Both men admit to being nervous whenever anyone suspicious enters the restaurant.

The Sheriff's Department is still investigating this crime.


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