Employees stop would-be robber
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Employees at a South Florida fast food restaurant fought back against a would-be thief at the drive thru.
Fort Lauderdale Police officers responded to a Burger King restaurant along Northwest Seventh Avenue and Broward Boulevard on Monday morning after a call about an attempted robbery.
Surveillance video shows a man, identified as Edwin Walker, attempting to rob the restaurant by jumping through the drive thru window and snatching at cash from the open register.
According to police, Walker waited for a customer to pull up to the drive-thru window before making his move. "As she opens up the cash register, the suspect jumps on the hood of the car, dives head-first into the Burger King through the drive-thru window and tries to steal some cash," said Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Travis Mandell. "Once inside, the female employee was able to grab onto him as he is trying to flee with the money. Without a doubt in my mind, the actions of this female employee is what prevented the suspect from getting loose."
Tanyia Calvin, the female employee in the video, grabbed onto Walker and screamed for help. Other workers can be seen assisting to subdue Walker, pinning him to the ground until police arrived. "I'm just glad nobody got hurt," said Calvin.
When asked about the general rule of thumb of letting robbers go, Calvin responded, "I don't know where my mind was."
Walker has been charged with strong arm robbery and is being held on a $10,000 bond.
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