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Two men charged with beating workers, stealing cash register from Near North restaurant

Two men are accused of punching and pistol-whipping store workers on the Near North Side over the weekend, then fleeing with the cash register, according to Chicago police.

Raul Tijerina, 32, and Joshua Santana, 27, were wearing masks when they entered the store in the 300 block of West Chicago Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

After they left the store, the workers flagged down police officers from the Near North district who took Tijerina and Santana into custody. The officers recovered a handgun and the cash register, police said.

Tijerina, a felon on parole for gun charges, was charged with armed robbery, police said. Santanawas also charged with armed robbery. Both are to appear for a bond hearing Monday.

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