LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Lexington Police say when a Burger King employee took out the trash Sunday morning a man tailed him through the back door, whipped out a gun and demanded money.
Police say a woman was also working inside and she ran for the door.
Bonita Smith says she was sitting in the McDonalds a few businesses away when the woman ran in, shaking as she told her story.
"When he came in, she saw a man grab him from the back. So she ran immediately to McDonalds, she was very shook up, talking really fast," she described.
Smith says emotions were running wild because there was an armed man nearby.
"She said I'm scared, so they locked all the doors," said Smith.
Police say after the Burger King on Richmond Road was robbed at 8 o'clock in the morning, the suspect left, most likely on foot.
The man behind the trigger did step in front of a surveillance camera. Police are asking the public to help find him.
"The suspect was described as a male, black, early 20s, possibly 5'5'' to 5'7”, wearing a black ski mask, a gray hooded sweatshirt with a black down coat over it," said Lt. Sam Murdock.
Smith didn’t have to look down the barrel of a gun but Sunday’s robbery is enough to make her think about it.
"I'm going to be a little more cautious and carry my pepper spray. It was frightening because Burger King would've been my next choice if McDonalds wasn't open, it could've been me there," she said.
Burger King officials say they offer paid days off to their employees after frightening events, such as Sunday’s armed robbery. They say they also offer grief counseling through their health insurance.
According to Burger King officials, this was the first time their Richmond Road location was robbed. They say when their fast food restaurants are robbed, it normally happens before the restaurants open.