MPD: Diners on restaurant patio targeted by armed robber

Striking surveillance caught an armed man on camera{ }in{ }mid-May{ }as he casually walked up to two men dining{ }outside Pizzoli's Pizzeria in Logan Circle and robbed them, The Washington Post reports.

The video, released by MPD Thursday, shows the suspect approach the{ }men at a table just before 9:30{ }p.m.{ }He talks for a moment before flashing a gun. One man{ }hands him his wallet and phone as the suspect puts his gun away. He got away with $220 and tossed the phone and empty wallet into some bushes.

About half of street robberies, both unarmed and armed, include the snatching of cell phones, police say.

Video: Metropolitan Police Department