Investigators describe video that captured Zaxby's armed robbery


News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, December 9, 2013

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- Two men are still on the run after investigators say they robbed and shot an employee at the Zaxby's on Knox Avenue in North Augusta Saturday night.

Right as the restaurant was closing up, video surveillance shows two armed men walk in and demand money. That's when investigators say it got interesting.

"I can safely assume it didn't go as they planned," said Lt. Tim Thornton, North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

It was a chaotic scene at the Zaxby's Saturday night when two men walk in guns, one carrying a revolver, the other a rifle.

"It would be my assumption that it was their plan that once they showed guns, that everybody would submit, give in, and comply with their demands," he said.

According to surveillance video, that's not what happened at all.

"He was like, "don't move," and I had a quick reaction, so I pushed him. And I guess the gun fell out of his hand, and I took off," one employee described.

The worker, who would prefer to remain unnamed, is one of the employees who was there that night. He says one of the masked robbers grabbed him, and that's when his instincts kicked in.

"Only thing he said was 'Get down. I'm not even playing with you,' and I just pushed him and I ran," he said.

Officers say when other employees started running, the gunmen got confused.

"There were so many employees still in the store that they could not control all of them. Employees started running out doors and suspects kind of didn't know which way to go next," Thornton described.

That's when officers assume the robbers panicked and started shooting. Investigators say one of the guns was equipped with a red laser sight for aiming.

"I slipped and fell in the kitchen, and I got back up and saw a red beam aimed at me, and I kept running," the employee said.

It was a tale verified by the surveillance cameras inside.

"You can see it clearly in the in-store security video. It's a very distinctive red dot," Thornton said. "We're using every resource we have available. This is not something we want to have happening in North Augusta any time of the day."

One employee was shot in the leg. No others were seriously injured. Officers did recover a bullet casing from the wall inside. Investigators say they do have some leads they're working.

We're told the two were seen getting away in small yellow car with a Georgia license plate with the first two letters "BB."

NADPS is treating this as an armed robbery and assault with intent to commit murder, and the penalty for that is 30 years in jail.


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