Man arrested in attempted robbery of Barberian’s Steakhouse owner
TORONTO – A 44-year-old man has been arrested in connection to an attempted mugging of Barberian’s Steakhouse owner Arron Barberian.
Barberian was walking along Elm Street Monday morning just steps from his restaurant, with a cash till in hand, when a man jumped him from behind.
The restaurateur was able to fight off the suspect as both the box full of money and alleged mugger were thrown to the ground during the altercation.
The whole incident was caught on surveillance video in front of TLP Sandwich shop, a spin-off of Barberian’s Steakhouse.
Police have identified the suspect as Joel Brown who is facing a charge of robbery and two counts of fail to comply with probation. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.
Police are also looking for a woman in the security video who picked up and walked away with Barberian’s cell phone.
She is described as non-white, with a long, black ponytail. She was wearing a black hat, dark winter coat with a fur trim, black winter boots with tassels and red soles, carrying a black purse.
She was seen getting out of a dark-blue Honda CRV which was parked on the south side of Elm Street, with a trailer hitch.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
WATCH: A security video posted to YouTube by Arron Barberian shows the Toronto restauranteur fight back against a suspect who allegedly tried to mug him on Monday morning outside Barberian’s Steak House.