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Man arrested on suspicion of robbing Lakewood restaurant at gunpoint

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 24, 2012 at 11:42 am |
April 24, 2012 1:28 pm

Lakewood police have arrested a 37-year-old man suspected of robbing a restaurant at gunpoint Monday morning.

The man was booked into Pierce County Jail hours after the heist on suspicion of first-degree robbery and driving with suspended or revoked license. He’s expected to make his first court appearance this afternoon.

Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler gave this account.

An employee at Kevin’s Drive-In, 9124 Veterans Drive S.W., was opening up the restaurant just after 10 a.m. Monday when a man walked into the kitchen. The man, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, had a shotgun and yelled, “Where is the money?”

The employee and suspect went to the register. The employee ran from the restaurant while the robber grabbed cash from the till.

As the employee flagged down a bystander for help, she noticed a green pickup truck drive away from the restaurant. She told officers the truck had not been there when she arrived.

The suspect and his vehicle’s descriptions were related to patrol officers. One of the officers spotted a truck matching the description on Pacific Highway Southwest.

The truck was stopped and driver taken into custody. Officers spotted a shotgun in the bed of the truck.

The employee also identified the driver as the man who’d robbed the restaurant.

The man was arrested. He told officers he was homeless and needed money so he could eat.

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