reply to post by mlifeoutthere
I have had two instances being in an establishment when it was robbed.
The first was when I was 18, I was waiting for a friend to get off work at the restaurant she worked at.
A person came in and did the whole "gun in the pocket " routine and got like $40, from the cashier.
The next time was, a couple years ago, again at a restaurant. A buddy a myself had gone down to the Mexican place nearby, just before closing. We
were actually finished and waiting for the tab, when a woman walked in a trenchcoat over a black hoodie, with it all cinched up, and dark glasses on.
I knew right off the bat something was up.
The the way the place is laid, the front door leads to a narrow walkway that has the dining room right, separated by a low (4') wall, the walkway
continues on into a small alcove where the cashier is and they do take away orders.
I was facing the door with my back to the wall, as I always do since the first time I was in that situation.
As the woman walked past towards the cashier, she passed out of view. Like I said I knew something was up, and was just nudgeing my buddy to turn
around, and already had my phone out to dial 911, but I had just gotten the phone didn't know what it did when you did dial 911. My old phone lit up
and started flashing and emitted an ear piercing siren sound, so I held off. About then our server, a wonderful Mexican woman of about 65, came around
the corner and hid behind our table and exclaimed "banditos" and a bunch of other Spanish I didn't catch.
At the same time we could hear the woman saying something to the cashier, as she backed out the front door. At that point I couldn't see what type
of weapon she had, but I was only two strides from her and was ready to go , but I didn't know where the rest of the staff was and didn't want to
endanger them. So a soon as the door closed behind her , i called 911and I was over the wall and out the door after her.
It was them that I saw she had a .22 pump rifle. I was about 30' behind her when she turned the corner and ducked into a very dark alley. I will
admit that I hesitated for about 10 seconds before following her, it was enough to lose sight of her in the darkness. Some where in there I hung up on
My buddy had gone the long way around the block and we met at the end of the alley, and he had seen her run into the neighborhood. My buddy went back
to meet the police and and continued after the woman. At this time I called 911again, and about a half block away a saw an suv start up and come my
direction, at first they drove slowley then as they got to me they sped up ran the stop sign drove into the neighbor hood. I ran after them, giving a
description to the operator. They turned at the first block, after about a 100yrds when I got to that intersection I could see that they had stopped a
couple of blocks down and took off again.
As I was on my way back to the restaurant, an officer pulled up and I gave him a description of the vehicle and which way they went, and he went
I could hear him light them up a couple of blocks away and they ran until they crashd out a few miles away.
By the time I got back to.the place the detectives had gotten there and I found out about the chase and crash.
They took me over to do a field identification of the two people they had apprehended, I told the officer that there were three people in the car
when I last had sight of them, and that it was only about 90 seconds between when I lost sight of them and the pursuit started.
While on the way a call came in to the car that the was a report of someone in a back yard , very near where I saw the car stop.
By the time I met the detectives where they had caught the people, and told that detective about the third person, and that neither of the two
people were the robber, the neighborhood dogs had quieted down, and the subsequent check of the report of the person in a backyard turned up
Local PD's response was very fast, first car on scene in 2-3minutes, a dozen within five minutes.
Afterwards, I wasn't scared or afraid, but it took walking to the neighborhood pub and 3 or 4 pints of newcastle, before I could even think of