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CPD: Robber maced restaurant employee

CONYERS - The Conyers Police Department arrested a former Waffle House employee Monday who is accused of using pepper spray on a former co-worker during an armed robbery at the restaurant.

According to Conyers Police Chief David Cathcart, Jamarcus Rashod Harris, 21, of 2641 Downing Park Drive, was charged with armed robbery of the Waffle House at 1820 Ga. Highway 138 that occurred at 4 a.m. Sunday.

Cathcart said Harris was identified as a suspect and brought into police headquarters for questioning when investigators arrested him. Harris was transported to the Rockdale County Jail where he remained Tuesday.

Conyers police responded to an armed robbery call at the Waffle House adjacent to the Mellow Mushroom on Sunday. A man employees described as a black man dressed in all black clothing and wearing black women's hosiery over his head walked into the empty restaurant and approached a worker who was washing dishes.

The man allegedly demanded money then began spraying pepper spray in the woman's face. The woman, in turn, began spraying water on the man with the water hose she was using to wash dishes, Cathcart said.

"As he was doing that, he attempted to reach over to open the register, but he couldn't get a good handle, so he walked around the counter and got into the register," Cathcart said.

The man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Cathcart said the man slipped and fell to the floor before he headed out the door.

A K-9 unit was called out and police recovered some evidence along with some of the man's clothing nearby.

While the man was getting the money out of the register, the woman had gone to the back of the restaurant to wash off the pepper spray. She was not seriously injured and was treated by paramedics at the scene, Cathcart said.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.