A female Arby’s restaurant employee thwarted a robbery attempt today when she wrestled with the gun-toting would-be thief and broke what turned out to be his toy handgun.
The man entered an unlocked side door of the Arby’s restaurant at 7790 Beechmont Ave. in Anderson Township at 6:40 a.m. today and demanded money from the two employees who were there, said Steve Barnett, spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.
“One of the employees suspected he had a toy gun,” he said. “So she grabbed it and wrestled with him.”
When the toy gun broke, the man ran out the door and escaped in a white pickup truck that was parked at a business next door, Barnett said.
“He didn’t get any money and nobody was hurt,” he said.
The suspect may be the same robber who authorities believe is responsible for at least 20 fast-food restaurant robberies – 14 of them at Arby’s – in Greater Cincinnati during the past 3½ years, Barnett said.
“Based on the fact that he robbed an Arby’s and the general description of him, it could be the same guy,” he said.
Witnesses described the suspect as a white male in his early- to mid-30s with a light brown thin mustache, 6 feet tall, and said he wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, a dark skull cap, gold-rimmed glasses, dark pants, and gym shoes. His truck had a dent on the hood.