Pair sought for bathroom holdup

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – Police are looking for a man and woman who demanded cash at gunpoint from employees at McDonald’s, 10236 Telegraph Road.

According to police reports, officers responded to an armed robbery in progress at 11:40 p.m. Jan. 23. The incident began when a female employee entered the restroom and was confronted by a masked man who pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at her face.

The man – described as about 6 feet tall, medium build and in his 40s – asked the worker where the cash was kept and how many staff members were in the building.

“He put a gun to my head and told me he was going to shoot me,” the worker told police.

The man asked the worker, “Who’s working back cash,” which staff said was a fast-food term for employees at the drive-through window.

A woman — described as about 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, heavy set and also wearing all black clothing — was with the man.

The man then told the worker to scream for the shift manager, who entered the bathroom and was questioned by the alleged gunman. The man had initially said he wanted the manager to open the safe, but instead took cell phones from both employees and told them to take off their shoelaces so he could tie them up.

Two additional workers then entered the bathroom in response to the noise, and the suspects ran out of the restroom and out the north lobby door.

Responding officers including a K-9 unit searched the area but could not locate the suspects.

An employee suffered minor injuries after having jumped out of the drive-through window to call 911.

The suspects took with them the two employees’ cell phones, which they said had been turned off while they worked. Investigators tried to ping the phone numbers without a response that could have provided their location.

Investigators reviewed video images of the restaurant which showed the suspects walking into the restaurant earlier that night. The pair entered the two restrooms. Soon after the man was seen leaving the men’s room and entering the women’s bathroom. The two remained inside until the employee walked in and was confronted.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Taylor police at 734-374-1420.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)

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