Vancouver police say officers were dispatched after a pair of violent robberies terrorized diners at two restaurants while they were digging in to Yuletide meals.
The first attack at 7:30 p.m. allegedly involved two men with weapons who entered the Hot Delivery Restaurant and ordered everyone to the floor.
Sgt. Randy Fincham says men ransacked the restaurant searching for valuables, striking one man in the head and causing a woman to cut her hand before fleeing to a waiting car.
He alleges the men next burst into the Truong Thanh Vietnamese restaurant just before 8 p.m. and demanded customers' valuables as they sat down for Christmas dinner and then fled again.
But at about 8:30 p.m. a patrol officer spotted the suspect vehicle and police followed it until backup cars managed to block it at Grandview Highway near Burnaby, B.C. Four men between the ages of 17 and 34 will be facing robbery and weapons-related charges.