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Pizza Hut Workers Foil Would-Be Robber

Posted December 10, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Workers at a Raleigh Pizza Hut turned the tables on a suspected armed robber early Tuesday morning.

Police say Angelic Hite, the restaurant manager, and her husband Marty were leaving the Pizza Hut on Creedmoor Road at about 2 a.m. when a gunman approached them. The Marty Hite was carrying a gun and police say he pulled it out and fired three shots, hitting the suspect twice.

Vernon Ray Jones was carrying a stolen .45 caliber handgun. Marty Hite had a .38. Jones is charged with armed robbery and possession of a stolen weapon.

Jones received wounds to the chest and stomach and was taken to Wake Medical Center for surgery.

Raleigh Police Lt. T.W. Gardner says the shooting appears to have been in self-defense.

An assistant manager was in the parking lot at the time of the shooting. She was unhurt.