Thursday, July 29, 2010
Business robbed at gunpoint
By SUE WATSON
Two employees of McDonald’s were held at gunpoint and forced to turn over money in the office safe early Tuesday, according to chief Robert Pearson.
The employees were surprised when they arrived at work around 4 a.m. The restaurant is on Highway 7 South in Holly Springs, adjacent to Highway 78.
Detective Elijah Wilson, who is investigating the armed robbery, said the manager and another employee, both females, arrived in separate vehicles and were approached by a black male wearing a hoodie and sunglasses in the parking lot. The suspect, walking up from in front of another business, put the gun in one employee’s back and told her to act normal and keep walking, he said.
The employees opened the door and were ordered into the office where he demanded the cash safe be opened. The manager resisted and the suspect proceeded to hit her in the head with the butt of his handgun, Wilson said. At some point in the robbery the other employee was also struck with the pistol, he said.
After the manager proceeded to open the safe and the suspect took out the money, the suspect took one employee to the back door of the business and made her open the door to let him out, Wilson said.
The employees did not know which way the suspect departed from the scene.
The employees proceeded to call 911 at about 4:04 a.m., he said. Emergency Medical Services arrived and provided first aid to the employees.
Wilson said McDonald’s was opened for business after police took the initial investigative report from the employees.
Holly Springs police officers investigated 15 additional incidents for the week, according to Chief Pearson.
• a commercial building was burglarized in the 500 block of Stewart Street. Burglars took a laptop computer, three computer monitors, three power drills and a black cash box.
• a malicious mischief was reported in the area of Highway 7 South.
• a vehicle was reported stolen in the 600 block of MLK Drive.
• a cash register, a 38-inch flat-screen television, a set of window blinds and several consumable goods were taken in a burglary.
• a wallet was reported stolen in the 900 block of Mackie Drive.
• a theft of utilities was reported in the 500 block of Huggins Street.
• a wallet was reported stolen in the 100 block of Walthall.
• a simple assault was reported in the 100 block of West Park Avenue.
• a disorderly conduct was reported in the 100 block of Rust Avenue.
• a domestic violence-simple assault was reported in the area of Van Dorn Avenue.
• an aggravated assault with a weapon reported in the 300 block of MLK Drive.
• a trespassing was reported in the 500 block of Melody Drive.
• a disturbance of the family peace was reported in the 500 block of Melody Drive.
• a lawn mower was stolen in the 300 block of West Street.
Officers made one arrest for the week. Arthur Cowan, 58, of Holly Springs, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, Pearson said.
Officers reported these additional activities - speeding, 8; driving while license suspended, 2; no driver's license, expired license, 3; no tag/expired tag, 1; improper passing, 1; disregard for traffic device, 1; no proof of insurance, 6; DUI first offense, 2; failure to yield to blue lights, 1; simple assault, 2; domestic violence-simple assault, 3; and contempt of court, 6.
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