Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Deerfield Beach FL Wendy’s at gunpoint.
According to authorities, the suspect walked into the Wendy’s restaurant located at 355 West Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The suspect then approached the cashier and said, “I don’t want to shoot you.”
When the cashier told the man that he did not have access to the register because he couldn’t find the key, the man allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun. The man then reportedly pointed the gun at the cashier.
A moment later, the suspect told the cashier to give him all the money in the register.
The most terrifying moment of the encounter came when the suspect allegedly pulled the trigger of the handgun. Thankfully, the gun did not discharge.
The cashier then managed to open the register. The suspect took several hundred dollars and ran out of the restaurant.
According to customers at the Wendy’s, the suspect fled the scene in a white car.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the incident. At this time, they have not yet determined the identity of the suspect.
If the suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, he could face significant charges. Section 812.13 of the Florida criminal code classifies armed robbery as a first degree felony. Since the suspect allegedly used a firearm during the commission of the theft, he could face a maximum sentence of life in state prison.
Authorities have asked for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the suspect. Anyone with information about the alleged robbery is asked to contact Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives at 954-321-4270. Members of the public who have information can also call the CrimeStoppers tip line at 954-493-TIPS.
To learn more about this incident, see the Local10.com article entitled “Gunman Pulls Trigger Inside Wendy’s Restaurant, Weapon Does Not Discharge.”