Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Pizza worker fights back, robbery suspect arrested

Indianapolis police say a 24-year-old Domino's Pizza worker twice fought off a man who tried to rob the Eastside pizza restaurant Monday night.

Samantha Richardson was working at the Domino's Pizza, 2522 E. Washington St. just after 6:15 p.m. when police said a man walked into the kitchen gesturing under his shirt as if he had a gun.
"This is a robbery," the suspect said, according to a police report.
Richardson began wrestling with the would-be robber and soon realized he was not carrying a gun, police said. Richardson pushed the suspect out of the employee door into the customer area of the restaurant and locked it, police said.
The suspect then jumped over a counter to get back into the kitchen. Richardson again fought with the man, police said, this time pushing him out of the business.
Richardson suffered bruises during the struggle and gave a detailed description of the suspect to officers who captured him in a nearby alley.
Police arrested John Willis, 43, on initial charges of robbery, criminal confinement and battery. Willis, records show, was held this morning in the Marion County Jail with bond set at $100,000.
Richardson was the second woman this week to stand up to a robber.
On Sunday, a robber took a purse from Bridget Kephart, Indianapolis, while she relaxed at the Starbucks at College Avenue and Fall Creek Boulevard.
When Kephart chased him, the robber fired two shots, one striking her in the leg. He fled in a minivan. Kephart was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police typically suggest that it is safer for robbery victims to comply and not confront bandits.



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