The latest crime news across the world of 48,000 restaurants*.
In Athens, Ga., a 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery of a Taco Bell early Sunday morning. The man, Dontavious McCullough, entered through a side door before the restaurant had opened, surprising an employee who was on the phone with a friend, whom the employee told to call 911, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
When officers arrived, the employee ran out the front door yelling, “he’s inside, he’s right there!” McCullough then ran out a side door, authorities told the newspaper. An officer chased and tackled him.
While retracing the path McCullough took while fleeing, police found a ski mask hed discarded, according to the newspaper. They also recovered a 9mm pistol the suspect had hidden in the breaker panel at Taco Bell, according to police.
In San Antonio, it was another viral video about a fight at a fast-food restaurant.
The video shows a man in a Taco Bell drive-through recording the parking lot brawl between two girls screaming and swinging at each other, as he calmly orders three chicken soft tacos, a large diet coke and a chicken quesadilla, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
The man continues with his order as firefighters walk into the frame, the paper says, seemingly unconcerned with stopping the fight.
The video, originally posted to WorldStarHipHop.com, has been viewed nearly 1 million times, and has been shared more than 14,000 times since it was uploaded Monday. It contains language that might not be appropriate at work.
The San Antonio video comes less than a week after one filmed in a KFC in Russia, where one man cold-cocked another diner unconscious in an incident one witness called “the hardest punch I’ve ever seen.”
In San Diego last night, a man armed with a semi-automatic handgun robbed a Pizza Hut, demanding money from an employee at about 11 p.m. The man made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. But he didn’t shoot, and no one was injured, police told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
In Colerain, Ohio, police were searching for three men who robbed a Papa John’s delivery man at gunpoint late Monday night. It happened after the victim arrived at the delivery address, and the men asked for change for $50. They then took the pizza, his cellphone and wallet before fleeing n his car, WLWT reported.
* Yum has 43,000 KFCs, Pizza Huts and Taco Bells in nearly 140 countries; Papa John’s has 4,900 outlets in 37 countries, and Texas Roadhouse has 485 restaurants across the U.S. and in five other nations. With that many locations, crimes inevitably occur — with potentially serious legal consequences for the companies.