Two guys held up fast-food workers. Two guys got caught.
The arrests in two separate hold-ups took place due to some eagle-eyed observations by people who work in the restaurants that got ripped off.
Here’s what happened, according to Sgt. Manmeet Colon, head of the police robbery and burglary unit:
Subway Suspect Returns
At 4 p.m. on June 7, a man walked up to the counter at the Subway sandwich shop at 188 Grand Ave. He ordered a sub. Then he went around the counter, took out a knife, and pressed it into the torso of the clerk. The robber demanded money from the cash register.
The robber fled with the money. Then he returned a month later, during the first week in July. He ordered a sub.
Subway staff recognized him as the man who held up the shop. They called police, who arrested the 38-year-old man on July 15 on a warrant for first-degree robbery.
Fool Me Once
A young man ended up in handcuffs after he tried to rob a pizza deliveryman two times in a row overnight Wednesday.
A deliveryman for Downtown Pizza at 182 Dixwell Ave. got a call at 11 p.m. Wednesday requesting a pizza delivery to 249 Munson St. The man brought the pies—and was robbed at gunpoint of $400 in cash, according to Colon. The deliveryman called the cops, but the robber got away—that time.
Less than two hours later, at 12:40 a.m. Thursday, someone from the same number tried to pull the same prank.
This time, the caller dialed up a different pizza joint, Empire Pizza at 16 Whalley Ave., and ordered pizza to a different Munson Street address. Unbeknownst to the caller, the owner of Empire Pizza is the same person who owns Downtown Pizza. The owner recognized the number. He called the cops, who set up a perimeter around the area as the deliveryman went to deliver the pies.
Police detained four juveniles at the scene. Police arrested one of them, whom the deliveryman identified as the one who had robbed him earlier in the night.