Restaurant employees flee would-be robbers


Employees of a Laurel fast-food restaurant ran yesterday from three would-be robbers who tried to force their way into the establishment at closing time.

Innocent T. Okafor, 32, manager of the Wendy's in the 3500 block of Russet Green, told police he sent an employee outside to get a trash can shortly after 3 a.m. As Okafor held the rear door, three men with ski masks and camouflage jackets ran up, police said.

A man with a gun ordered Okafor and the other employee inside. But Okafor ran into the parking lot, told the clerk to run, then dashed to a nearby Exxon station with the gunman in pursuit.

The man got in a car parked at a nearby hotel and sped off, police said.

There were no injuries, and the suspects did not take anything from the store, police said.

Pub Date: 12/24/96

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