One Guy restaurant reopens after deadly robbery - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

One Guy restaurant reopens after deadly robbery

David Rowser David Rowser
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The owners of One Guy restaurant say they are relieved Sesilio Lopez and Brian Suniga are behind bars.  Both men have been charged in the murder of employee David Rowser during an alleged robbery attempt on Monday night.

The restaurant re-opened for business Wednesday, and employees are working on a volunteer basis, according to Joe Felicia, the owner's son. He says they are trying to move forward as much as they can during this difficult time.

"We've been in business in Lubbock for over 30 years, and Lubbock is also our home," Felicia said. "As a community we are not going to take this. We want to move forward. The restaurant is open for business. It's safe and we are trying our hardest to start the healing process."

According to police reports KCBD obtained, Lopez, 28, and Suniga, 32, entered the restaurant Monday night just before closing. They were armed with a semi-automatic handgun and a revolver.

The reports reveal moments of disbelief. It was actually David Rowser's brother, Jonathan who was approached by the suspects at the cash register, but he refused to give them money. That's when the men grabbed the tip jar from the counter and began to leave the restaurant out of the front door.

At the time, a customer told police she ducked down when she saw the gun and remembers hearing one of the men yell at her "don't move". Another customer was sitting at the table near the front door. He explained to police that as the men were leaving he saw David Rowser walk out of the bathroom with a mop. That's when reports say the customer saw Suniga, who was wearing white-out contact lenses, shoot David three times in the chest.  

Suniga then reportedly told Jonathan , "Yeah, that's what happens!" before running out of the restaurant.

Felicia says right now they are offering any support needed to employees, who they say are their extended family.

"Our hearts are broken, all of us," Felicia said. "We pray for David and wish the best for the family."

A memorial fund has been set up in David Rowser's name at City Bank and American State Bank.

David Rowser's visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m to 8p.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers, 6025 82nd Street. Funeral services will follow 2 p.m. Friday at the same location. Graveside services will be held in O'Donnell, according to David Rowser's Facebook page.

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