Three brave fast-food employees in Michigan served up swift justice to an armed robber — with one even jumping in a car to chase the suspect before holding him at gunpoint until cops arrived, police said.
A suspect entered an Arby’s restaurant on Van Dyke Road in Sterling Heights at about 9 a.m. Monday and put a gun in the faces of three employees while demanding their “morning startup money,” Sterling Heights police Lt. Mario Bastianelli said.
“So they turned the money over to the suspect and he takes off on foot,” Bastianelli told The Post. “Three employees then chased after him, into a nearby wooded area before calling police.”
One of the employees, Marcia Rabideau, said she hopped into her Dodge Charger and cornered the suspect at a riverbank while holding him at gunpoint until cops arrived and took him into custody. In a Facebook post recalling the incident, Rabideau said the experience was “priceless.”
“There was no way in hell I was going to allow this cat to get away with all of our deposits,” Rabideau wrote. “The suspect tried reaching for his gun but I told him if he lowered his f—ing hands again that I would shoot him dead and I meant it!!! He stood in the river bank with his hands above his head until the fuzz arrived!”
Rabideau, the restaurant’s director of operations, told MLive.com she “just reacted” without thinking about potential repercussions of confronting an armed suspect.
But Rabideau, of Thomas Township, is no stranger to law enforcement, as she previously headed up Saginaw’s Arson Watch program. Her husband is also the police chief for the village of St. Charles and a former police officer in Saginaw, MLive.com reports.
Responding officers also arrested a second suspect, a getaway driver who also had a 1-year-old child in a car, said Bastianelli, who declined to identify the suspects but said they both faced armed robbery charges.