Law enforcement officials say the investigation into a recent robbery at the local Chicken Express restaurant is still ongoing, with interviews with witnesses still under way.
Officers were dispatched to the local eatery Oct. 1 after a masked suspect attacked an employee and made away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police reports.
“We're still in the process of interviewing possible witnesses,” Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer for the Big Spring Police Department, said. “The case is moving ahead slowly, but it is moving ahead.”
The robbery was reported to police shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the Chicken Express restaurant, located at 2000 E. FM 700. According to Everett, an employee working in the restaurant's office was attacked from behind.
“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 and 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.
The Chicken Express employee who was attacked sustained only minor injuries as a result of the attack and refused medical treatment at the scene, according to police reports.
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).