McDonald's Workers Held At Gunpoint, Suspect May Have Struck Before


UPDATED: Thursday October 24, 2013 6:22 PM

Columbus Police were searching for the man who held up a west Columbus McDonald's Thursday morning.

The suspect in that robbery may be linked to another which led to a crash that killed six.

Officers said the most recent robbery happened shortly before 5:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of West Broad Street. McDonald's employees told police the man was wearing a bandana. They said he showed a gun and forced them into the back of the store. Police said the robber then got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police said they believe this suspect may be the same man who robbed a McDonald's on Henderson Road last week that triggered a deadly crash.  Eid Shahad, his wife and four daughters were killed when their vehicle was struck by an officer responding to that robbery.

"It did lead to a tragic loss of life...there are no good answers," said Officer Heather Galli, Upper Arlington PD.

10TV has obtained surveillance video which shows the robber climbing through a drive thru window to get inside a McDonald's restaurant on Henderson Road just after three a.m. on Friday.  
You can see the handgun in the robber's left hand as he herds employees to a back room and orders them to take money from the safe.  

No one was injured during the robbery.

Scott Holowicki, the owner of the McDonald's on West Broad Street issued the following statement following the Thursday morning robbery.

"The safety and security of my customers and employees is my top priority, and I am grateful that no one was seriously injured. We are fully cooperating with authorities at this time. As this is an ongoing police investigation, it is not appropriate for me to comment further at this time."

After the fatal crash, Upper Arlington police say they have a personal stake in taking the robber off the streets.

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