Police seek man who threw homemade explosive into California Cheesecake Factory

Explosive Tossed Inside Pasadena Restaurant

A man tossed an explosive device into a Pasadena Cheesecake Factory on Thursday evening, scattering terrified diners and sparking an police search for the perpetrator. People were tripping, falling.stuff going everywhere.

Garrett Gunkle, who was sitting with his wife at the bar, told television station KNBC in Los Angeles that some people tripped and fell as they rushed for the doors, leaving behind their coats, cellphones and baby strollers.

No customers were hurt in the incident and the motive is still unknown police said. "It wasn't meant to be destructive in the sense that it didn't have associated fragments or shrapnel".

Gourdikian says investigators believe the device was "made to make a loud bang, which it did". The suspect was described as about 6 feet tall with a thin build and a heavy beard. He wore all black clothing and a black beanie.

The Cheesecake Factory, police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not receive any threats, Gourdikian said.


The restaurant, which was open Friday morning, is equipped with several security cameras.

"Thankfully, none of our guests or staff was injured", Alethea Rowe, senior director of public relations for The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, said in a statement Thursday night.

"Pasadena police detectives are now handling the investigation and out of an abundance of caution, the federal authorities have been notified", according to a police statement.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Police Department at 626-744-4241.

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