As of Monday, May 5, 2014
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NORCROSS — A pitchfork.
That’s what police in Gwinnett County believe Jeffery Willard Wooten, donning overalls and a blue ski mask, used to rob a Norcross Waffle House Thursday. It’s also what a pair of employees used to chase him off the property.
Wooten, who had not been detained as of Monday evening, is accused of entering the Waffle House at 5565 Buford Highway around 5:30 p.m. Thursday and herding employees into a stock room. When he couldn’t open the cash register, Norcross police said, he picked it up and fled.
“As he was leaving the parking lot, he tripped and dropped the pitchfork,” Norcross Police Chief Warren Summers said in a news release. “Two employees followed the suspect into the parking lot and one picked up the pitchfork and chased the subject to the Rite-Aid store located adjacent to the Waffle House.”
The man believed to be Wooten ultimately reached his white Ford F-250, where a fight ensued between him and the employees. Police believe Wooten was struck with the pitchfork before fleeing in his pickup truck.
A Norcross police officer responding to the call observed the vehicle and tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect “drove off the roadway and continued onto Lanier Boulevard” before abandoning his truck on Hammond Drive. The suspect was not detained.
Wooten is described as a 50-year-old white male who is 5-foot-9 with brown hair and hazel eyes. He likely has injuries to his face and the back of his head.
Anyone with information regarding Wooten’s location is asked to contact Norcross Police Detective Craig Dallape at 770-448-2111.
RAW: Man robs Waffle House with pitchfork
Norcross Police are looking for the man who robbed a Waffle House with a pitchfork.