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Worker shot in Au Bon Pain

By Joanna Stone

An Au Bon Pain employee was shot Wednesday night in an armed robbery at the restaurant's Kendall Square location.

This is the second robbery to occur at the Main and Hayward Streets location in the last four years.

The robbery occurred shortly after closing. According to the Cambridge police report, an unidentified black male forced

his way into Au Bon Pain at 10:14 pm and demanded money. He then pulled a gun and shot

an Au Bon Pain cashier once through the shoulder.

No suspect has yet been apprehended for the crime. Police have categorized this as an isolated incident.

The victim was released from the hospital over the weekend and is currently at home recovering.

Au Bon Pain has since changed the closing time of the Kendall Square location from 10 pm to 8 pm.

"We've adjusted our hours as a result of the robbery," said Scott Davis, a spokesman for Au Bon Pain. However, he added that all other establishments in the area, including the one across the street in the Kendall Square Food Court, close much earlier. The new hours will simply bring the Kendall Square store in line with the others.

"Since nothing else is open in that area at night, it's scary to be by yourself there," he said.

Davis said there was no rhyme or reason to the crime. "It was just one of those strange things that happens."

One employee expressed his disbelief and confusion about the robber's shooting. "He'd already gotten the money. I don't know why he shot. He just pulled a gun from his pants, and before you knew it, he'd shot. I thought it was coming at me. I ducked!"

The employee said that before the robbery, he had not felt particularly scared being at the Kendall Square Au Bon Pain late at night. He believed such an isolated incident could occur anywhere, yet he was nonetheless glad they would be closing earlier from now on.

He added that because the subway station was nearby, the suspect was able to flee quickly. He did not believe the person would ever be apprehended.