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EC police probe armed robbery at McDonald's

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From staff reports

Monday, April 15, 2019

For the second time in a little over 48 hours, Elizabeth City police are investigating a robbery of a fast-food restaurant by a suspect who handed a store employee a handwritten note demanding cash.

Police say the latest robbery was reported at the McDonald’s restaurant on Ehringhaus Street Sunday night. It follows a similar robbery of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on South Hughes Boulevard Friday night.

According to Agent Lamont Butts of the Elizabeth City Police Department, a male suspect entered the restaurant shortly before 11 p.m. and ordered a drink. He then handed the cashier the note demanding cash.

When the cashier questioned the note, the suspect raised the hoodie he was wearing and displayed a gun, Butts said. The man then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash in the direction of Hariot Drive, he said.

Police described the suspect as a white male, about 5 foot, 8 inches tall, with a bald head, a mustache and tattoos covering both arms. He was wearing a gray short-sleeve sweatshirt and khaki cargo shorts.

No other customers were in the restaurant at the time and no injuries were reported, Butts said.

In both the McDonald’s and KFC robberies, a white male about 5 foot, 8 inches tall entered the store and handed a cashier a note demanding cash. In both robberies, the suspect also fled on foot.

However, the suspect in the KFC robbery was described as having long brown hair and a patchy beard. He was wearing a blue and gray sweatshirt, skinny jeans and a blue bandana around his neck.

Butts said Monday police are “looking into the similarities” of both robberies. He didn’t release the contents of the letters, but said both were handwritten.

A police incident report on the Kentucky Fried Chicken robbery, released Monday, states the suspect robbed the eatery “by claiming he had a gun.” The report also notes that $252 in cash was stolen from the restaurant. 

Police are asking anyone with information about either robbery to call them at 335-4321 or Crime Line at 335-5555.

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