Some would be thieves got more than they bargained for when they attempted an armed robbery at a Taco Bell in Cleveland. Fox news reported that at approximately 3 am Wednesday, September 5th two armed suspects with their faces covered by bandanas entered the Taco Bell in the Edgewater neighborhood of Cleveland.
There were five Taco Bell employees on duty during the early morning hours when the gun men entered and ordered the workers to lie on the ground. After the robbers approached the cash register, three of the employees were armed and opened fire on the two suspects. One of the suspects was hit six times while the other one fled the scene. ‘
The employees immediately contacted 911 and police were dispatched to the scene. When the police arrived, they found the one robber unconscious and had him transported to the local Metro Health Hospital where he was eventually declared dead. The Cuyahoga Medical Examiner’s office released the name of the deceased on Thursday as 24-year-old De’Carlo Jackson from Cleveland. The other suspect remains at large, and police have made no arrests in the case as of yet.
Luckily there were no customers in the restaurant at the time of the robbery. Taco Bell has made a statement that many of their employees had been “shaken up” due to the robbery and announced that they are providing counseling to any workers who feel they may need it.
A spokesman for Taco Bell public relations has stated that employee gun policies are up to the discretion of each franchise. Additionally, one of the store’s owners, Arthur Giles has voiced his continued support for his employees at the store reiterating to the media that his employees had rightfully acted in self-defense and prevented a robbery.
Will Cases Like This Lead to Increase in Employee’s Right to Carry in the Workplace?
With robbery and violent crime consistently on the rise in many cities across the U.S., employees feel the need to protect themselves from becoming victims of violent crime. By providing the right to carry policies for employees to be able to exercise their second amendment right not only may help more would be crimes be thwarted but many employees may feel safer especially when working late shifts or in high crime areas.
Maybe more criminals will take note after the Taco Bell incident, and hopefully, cases like this will continue to be a deterrent for criminals who look to prey on those they feel are not in a position to adequately defend themselves.
To find out the full story on the gun toting Taco Bell employees, watch the news story video at the incident below.
~ American Gun News