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Area Wendy's Robbed at Gunpoint

One employee hurt in robbery at restaurant near Briarcliff Village and Northlake Tower Festival.

One employee sustained a hand wound in an armed robbery Monday night at the Wendy's restaurant at 3892 Lavista Road, Tucker, near Briarcliff Village and Northlake Tower Festival, DeKalb police reported.

A man with a silver revolver entered the restaurant through a side door behind the cash registers, according to the police report. Two employees secured themselves in the rear office, but, according to witnesses, the gunman threatened other employees, trying to access the office safe.

"If they don't open the door, I'll shoot you," the gunman told one employee twice, once before he fired a shot at the office door and again afterwards. The employee told police that the robber put the revolver to his head.

The gunshot hit the hand of one of the employees locked in the office, but did not break the skin. The employee was later taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, according to the report.

The threatened employee and others not locked in the office managed to escape when the gunman moved to the front of the store looking for witnesses.

A undetermined amount of money was taken from a cash register near the drive-through window, the report said.

Witnesses described the suspect as a black man, light-skinned, approximately 20 years old with "bushy" eyebrows and brown eyes, wearing a gray t-shirt, orange hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, the police report said.

DeKalb police responded to the robbery at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Keith Hanks January 28, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Police response times are important for potential victims and also as a deterrent for criminals. With close proximity to I-285 expect the criminals are long gone. I'm in this area often. I go to this Wendy's. I could have been there at 9:15pm.
Kim Hunter January 28, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Those employees that locked themselves in the office should be fired. They put the lives of their co-workers at risk. And why? for money that wasn't even theirs and would have been covered by insurance anyway
Tom Doolittle January 28, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Thanks for the reminder Keith about the reason DeKalb covers the Northlake business area like a blanket. In fact, when a city is formed here, police will be tripping all over themselves and looking for selt-belt violators and if we had any pedestrians, jaywalkers. I could have been at Wendy's at 9:10, no make that 9:05 or was that 9:20, but I was there at 9:00--in the drive thru--getting a quarter pounder--it was delish. They've had good luck finding perps with helicopter coverage in the past. The copter was out there when my daughter came home at 9:15.
Keith Hanks January 28, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Jeeeeeeze Tom don't be so hyper sensitive. I know Northlake is your baby, but let's get real. John Dillenger when asked why did he rob banks he said "because that's where the money is." Same here. Any area commercial area with great highway access and low police presence is going to be the place to be. Whether it is Northlake, or along Clairmont and I-85. My mother has worked at a bank near a highway like the Northlake banks and was robbed about two years ago... it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know this risk comes with the territory. Only question is whether some anal retentive seat belt violations / heightened presence outweighs more near highway gunpoint robberies.
Keith Hanks January 28, 2014 at 02:01 PM
p.s. ate at Panda express 1,000 feet away at 8pm last night. My wife wanted Wendy's.
Tom Doolittle January 28, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Reads like a Holiday Inn Express Commercial Keith. Your questoion is a good one. My guess is there won't be enough robberies to go around once the place is flooded with city cops and county cops. "you want the seat belts today Joe--or should I take them?" Folks pls don't say only city cops will be in the Northlake business district when the place becomes part of a city. It won't be so. BTW--you guys can have some of the police that cruise my neighborhood. For some reason they like my area. (altho I can't speak to response times to "events").
Keith Hanks January 28, 2014 at 02:30 PM
As a takeaway we either need to accept this as collateral damage as the system working as designed, or need to worry about improving the system. If it's collateral damage, then we need the county to tell us the acceptable quota for robberies with shots fired in Northlake for 2014 to set expectations. People tend to not walk around for recreation in places they can get shot.
Herman Lorenz January 28, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Uh Keith, it was Willie Sutton.

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