Arby's armed robber on the loose

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

An armed robbery at the Williamsburg Arby's in Whitley County has left a few employees shaken up.

The incident happened Friday night around 10:55 p.m., right before closing time. No one was seriously hurt, but the robber is still on the loose.

The Williamsburg Arby's had a late night scare on friday when a man with a knife robbed the restaurant.

"He encountered one of the male employees up front and grabbed him from behind by knife point, forced him to the office, put him face down on the floor," said Wayne Bird, the Williamsburg Police Chief.

Officials say the robber stopped another employee, forcing him to empty his pockets.

"He then ordered him into a freezer located in the back of the store and at that time he forced the manager to open the safe and fill a pillowcase with cash from the safe," Chief Bird explained.

The Williamsburg Police Chief says the manager was also put in the freezer and the robber barricaded the door.

Officials believe the robber left through this back door and headed toward the woods.

"We don't know if it's somebody who is local. As you know, we're right by I-75 so it could have been anybody coming off I-75," said the Chief.

Whoever this man is, police believe he is armed and dangerous...leaving many citizens, like teacher Brittney House, concerned.

"If there's somebody crazy out there it could effect my life as well as all the kids in this community. I'm constantly thinking about my kids and I'm always worried about them so that makes thinks it's a little scary," she said.

Officials say the robber took a total of one thousand dollars from the safe and 80 dollars from one employee.

Police say the subject is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing between 200 and 230 pounds. He was wearing a blue hooded jacket and a light blue ski mask. He also has a spider web tattoo on his inner left forearm. If you have any information, contact police.

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