The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect that allegedly robbed a north Forsyth McDonalds with a handgun and forced its employees in a walk-in refrigerator.
According to a post made to the sheriff’s office Facebook page made by Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman, it is believed that at about 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 a black male armed with a handgun entered the restaurant off Keith Bridge Road, demanded money and ordered the store employees into a cooler room before fleeing the scene.
Freeman’s post stated that the employees fled out the back of the restaurant and flagged down off-duty deputies at a nearby Waffle House.
According to Andrea Bramblett, a worker at the Waffle House, just after 5 a.m. a group of McDonald's workers ran into the restaurant and told the deputies what had happened. The McDonalds employee stated that the manager and another employee were forced to open the store safe by the suspect, Bramblett said.
She said that within minutes of being alerted, sheriff’s office deputies had surrounded the McDonalds.
Freeman’s post stated that they believe that the suspect fled the area after the robbery, picked up by an unknown person in a vehicle.
“FCSO Major Crimes Unit and Uniform Patrol deputies are continuing the investigation and we will share further lookouts as we recover area video,” Freeman stated in his post.
On Saturday afternoon Freeman stated to FCN that investigators and deputies are currently out in the community looking into several "promising leads" in the case.
"We have several leads that we are following up on right now ... We certainly aren't starting from scratch," he said.
There were no physical injuries reported in this incident.
This story will be updated.