Crime & Courts

Two fast-food restaurants robbed at gunpoint

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Two Wichita fast-food restaurants were robbed at gunpoint on Saturday night, according to Wichita police Sgt. Wendell Nicholson.

The first theft occurred at a Subway in the 6500 block of East Central. A 29-year-old female Subway employee reported that a man – described as being 5-foot-10 and about 200 pounds, dressed in black and wearing a black “Halloween-style” mask – robbed her at gunpoint.

The suspect, the woman said, left on foot after receiving an unspecified amount of cash. The robbery occurred at about 8:30 p.m. and happened while the employee, who was not injured, was alone in the store with no customers. The suspect reportedly brandished a black handgun, Nicholson said.

Later Saturday night, two robbers were reported to have entered a McDonald’s drive-though window before firing off a round from a gun and making off with an undisclosed amount of money from a safe.

The robbery took place around 10:30 p.m. at the McDonald’s near the intersection of Hillside and Central. The restaurant manager, Nicholson said, was forced on the floor in a restaurant office at gunpoint.

During the commotion, the restaurant manager reported a shot being fired, though the manager did not see the weapon being fired. A shell casing was later found in the office as well as a bullet that was lodged in the wall, police said.

Nine employees and one customer were inside the McDonald’s at the time of the robbery, Nicholson said. Nobody was injured, Nicholson said.

The suspects were both male and were dressed in black and wearing masks, Nicholson said. If anyone has information about either robbery, they are encouraged to contact the Wichita Police Department or call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

Bryan Horwath: 316-269-6708, @bryan_horwath