by Max Brantley
A couple of employees at the Taco Bell on West Markham gave an armed would-be robber more than he could handle last night.
Hope the company gives them a plaque or something. (Unlike the famous case of the McDonald's employee cast adrift, despite workplace injuries, for breaking company rules by intervening in the beating of a female customer.)
2009- 40236 – AGGRAVATED ROBBERY, THEFT OF PROPERTY, THEFT BY
SUSPECT – KENNETH WILLIAMS, B/M, 10-11-1987, 8616 9TH AVENUE,
VICTIM – TACO BELL, 4424 W. MARKHAM
INCIDENT DATE/TIME – 4-14-09 AT 2356 HOURS
INCIDENT LOCATION – 4424 W. MARKHAM
ARREST DATE/TIME – 4-15-09
ARREST LOCATION – 4500 BLOCK OF W. MARKHAM
On 04/14/09 at approximately 2354 hours, the manager at the Taco Bell allowed a black male inside the closed business to use the restroom. The manager walked the black male, who was later identified as Kenneth Williams, to the restroom and told another employee to lock the door. Williams then exited the bathroom with a handgun and demanded that the manager hand over his money. The manager handed Williams an undisclosed amount of money and Williams placed his handgun in his waistband and walked over to the door, however he was unable to open the door because it had been locked. The manager observed Williams struggling to get the door open and walked up behind the suspect and began striking him. A struggle ensued and the manager was able to get the handgun away from Williams. The manager stated they fought throughout the inside of the business and Williams was able to flee towards the drive thru window. The manager stated Williams was able to climb out of the drive through window and pull him through as well. The manager advised as he hit the ground, he dropped the handgun. A second employee ran outside the business and assisted the manager as they struggled to hold onto Williams until police could arrive. Williams was able to get away from the employees, but was taken into custody a short distance away from the business by patrol officers. Officers located the weapon, a .45 caliber pistol, which had been reported stolen out of California, close to where Williams was taken into custody. Williams was transported by patrol to UAMS for multiple cuts and abrasions he received to his face and head during the fight with employees. Williams was charged with Aggravated Robbery, Theft of Property and Theft by Receiving and placed in Pulaski County Regional Jail.