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Citizens Take Down Chick-fil-A Armed Robbery Suspect

Atlanta, GA – An armed citizen and a group of Good Samaritans took down an armed robber at a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Monday.

The incident occurred at the restaurant chain’s Peachtree Street location at the Colony Square at approximately 3 p.m. on March 9, WAGA reported.

Witnesses told police the suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Willie Gloston, entered the establishment and demanded the cashier and multiple other employees give him their cash, according to police.

The cashier fled to the back of the store and it is unclear whether or not the suspect managed to get his hands on any money during the holdup, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

As Gloston was leaving the restaurant, a group of citizens confronted him outside the building, WAGA reported.

One member of the group ended up firing two shots, according to WSB.

Gloston fled across the street on foot, but the group chased him down, disarmed him, and held him at gunpoint until officers arrived, WAGA reported.

Police said no one was injured during the incident.

Witnesses initially said Gloston fired a gun during the robbery, but police later determined the armed citizen was the only person who fired a weapon during the incident, FOX News reported.

Police did confirm the suspect had been carrying a gun, however.

Gloston has been charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, armed robbery, and two counts of aggravated assault, WAGA reported.

He was being held at the Fulton County Jail.

Police said no charges are expected to be filed against the armed citizen who helped apprehend the suspect, according to WSB.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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