Law enforcement officials are investigating a robbery reported late Monday night at the local Chicken Express restaurant where a masked suspect allegedly attacked an employee and made away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, the robbery was reported at approximately 11 p.m. Monday at the restaurant, located at 2000 E. FM 700.
“The restaurant had closed at 10 p.m. and the employees were going about cleaning up and closing the business for the night,” Everett said. “One of the employees was in the office counting money. The back door had been left unlocked while the employees were cleaning and the suspect entered the building and attacked the employee in the office from behind.
“The victim said they were hit behind the ear, either with a fist or an object. At that time, while they were reeling from the blow, the suspect grabbed some of the money off the desk where they had been counting and ran. The employee chased after them and upon making it outside the building, saw the suspect meet up with a second suspect, at which time they fled into the wooded area south of the restaurant.”
Everett said the suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5-feet, 10-inches in height, wearing all black clothing with a red bandana covering his face. The second suspect believed to be waiting outside was described as a black male simply wearing all black clothing.
Everett said the Chicken Express employee who was attacked sustained only minor injuries as a result of the attack.
“The employee refused medical treatment at the scene,” Everett said. “We're thinking they were most likely hit with a fist instead of a weapon or object because of the lack of serious injury. The employee never saw either of the suspects with a weapon during the course of the crime.”
Everett said investigators are still in the process of interviewing the other employees.
“As far as we can tell so far, none of the other employees witnessed the crime,” Everett said. “However, we won't know for sure until we finish interviewing all of them. We're still in the process of talking to all of the witnesses involved.”
No arrests have been made at this time, according to Everett.
Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is encouraged to contact the Big Spring Police Department at 264-2550 or Big Spring Area Crimestoppers at 264-TIPS (8477).