A 20-year-old man initially got away with $127.40 in cash and nearly kidnapped the clerk of Wilson's Chicken & Fixens during a robbery at the restaurant Friday night, Wichita police said.
Police Sgt. Ed Brower said the man entered the restaurant, 1748 N. Poplar, near 17th and Grove, shortly before 10 p.m., armed with a handgun. He pointed the gun at the 60-year-old clerk, demanded cash from the register, and then ordered the clerk out the out the door at gunpoint.
Outside, the clerk broke free from his would-be captor and ran as the robber was trying to put him in a vehicle, Brower said. The clerk called 911.
Police later found and arrested the alleged robber and recovered the handgun. He was booked into Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, and aggravated escape, Brower said.
Brower said as the robbery was going on, two teens, ages 14 to 16, stole boxes of cigars from the restaurant and fled.
He called the boys' theft “a crime of opportunity.”