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McDonald's employee in Holly Springs shot while escaping would-be robber

Posted July 2, 2014

— A McDonald's employee was shot early Wednesday after a man kidnapped her from her home in Raleigh and forced her to drive to the restaurant in Holly Springs so he could rob the business, authorities said.

The woman, whose name was withheld by police, arrived home about 12:30 a.m. after finishing her shift when the man confronted her at gunpoint. She drove him back to the restaurant, which was closed.

Police said when man got out of her car, she drove away. She was shot during her escape and drove herself to a hospital. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

"She's very fortunate," said Mark Andrews, spokesman for the town of Holly Springs. "She was hit and she was wounded, but of course it could have been much more serious. She's lucky to have gotten away. She took the opportunity to get away. You don't know what would have happened if she went into the restaurant with him."

Andrews said the man did not get inside the restaurant or steal anything from the property.

Holly Springs police are working with Raleigh police to find the gunman. The description of the man was vague, but he was short and thin and armed with a silver revolver.

Anyone with information is asked to call Holly Springs police at 919-567-4708.


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  • disgusted2010 Jul 2, 2014

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    Not racist, but not politically correct, it might hurt the sensibilities of some criminals.

  • Kylie Marie Summerling Jul 2, 2014
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    Is it really racist to say what color a gunman is? Because honestly, short and thin is only the BEGINNING of the story. This political correct nonsense is getting out of hand.

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Jul 2, 2014

    It's no different that the case where the robber followed the bank manager home and then made her go back to the bank and robbed it. The scariest part is the gunman knows where she lives.

  • leaannbo Jul 2, 2014

    All a robber would have to do is wait in the parking lot, sees who locks the door and follow them. Easy Peasy

  • Heather Brittingham Jul 2, 2014
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    I think he knew she worked at that specific McDonalds and that she had keys to get in.

  • TheCape Jul 2, 2014

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    Even with pictures they rarely say it.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 2, 2014

    Boy now, that's someone who'd been watching her for a while, to know where she worked and what time she'd be getting home, to set up plans to do this.

    So blessed she will be ok. Smart lady to drive away after he got out of the car.

  • hardycitrus Jul 2, 2014

    That's a very suspicious story

  • eb2cents Jul 2, 2014

    Very strange story. How were they going to get in unless she had keys? If no keys and he planned to bust in, why drive so far for a McDonald's, when there's one on every corner?

  • Vincent Vega Jul 2, 2014

    Got it. Short.Thin.Revolver.

    Saw a guy that matched that description at Starbucks, but he had a 9mm.