Armed robbery at Burger King in eastern Henrico

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Police in Henrico are investigating an armed robbery at the Burger King at the intersection of Laburnum and Mechanicsville Turnpike. It happened just before 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

We caught up with a witness, who saw the suspect leave the store this morning. But first, his account of the incident goes like this: "I turned around and I heard somebody yelling, 'hey call police quick. Dial 911.' So, I was kind of like what happened? He said Burger King just got robbed," says Mike Vaughan.

He works just steps away from the Burger King that was robbed in Eastern Henrico.

He tells NBC12, that was the conversation he had with one of the Burger King employees, as soon as the robbery happened, who desperately needed his help.

"He was out of breath. I said who else was in there with you? He said, a lady. I mean he was breathing real hard," adds Vaughan.

That lady we're told, is the manager of the Burger King.

Police tell us, just before 7 a.m. this morning, a man came into the store, armed with a semi-automatic gun. That suspect jumped over the counter, took some money and left.

Mike says he saw the suspect leave from this back door and run across here pretty quickly, hop a fence behind the store and that's the last he saw of him.

"He was running kind of fast. He was getting up and, I said, 'there he goes, right there,'" Vaughan describes to us.

No one was injured during the robbery and no customers were inside the store at the time. There may have been people in the drive thru, but police do not believe those people knew what was going down.

After it all happened, Vaughan went over to check on the woman inside the store.

"She was all shoken up, crying. She was panicked. She had panicked right there," says Vaughan. "I probably am going to have to watch my surroundings now because that was kind of close. That was real close."

Police did give us a description of the suspect, but it was very vague. We're told the Hanover County K-9 unit was out here looking for the suspect, but he was no where to be found.

If you have any information on this crime, call Henrico Police at 501-5000.

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