By Doug Oakley
A McDonald's employee in Berkeley suffered a cut to the head Wednesday after being hit with a pistol in an early morning robbery in which three other employees were locked in a freezer.
Berkeley police said a man wearing a black ski mask and all dark clothing pointed a gun at a male employee who was opening the restaurant at 1198 San Pablo Avenue near the Albany border at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday.
The man hit the employee in the head with his gun and forced him to hand over cash. The employee was treated at the scene and did not require hospitalization, police said.
After getting the money, the man ordered three other employees into the freezer.
The robber then ran away, leaving a trail of bills and coins, police said.
The employees waited until they thought the suspect was gone and called police. Employees were unable to provide a good description of the robber because of the mask on his face, police said.