The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Suspect tries to rob Hardee's

  • Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Leavenworth fast food restaurant.
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  • Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Leavenworth fast food restaurant.
    The incident was reported at 10:43 p.m. Wednesday at the Leavenworth Hardee's, 4925 S. Fourth St.
    Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said one of the restaurant's employees, a 42-year-old Lansing woman, was outside when the suspect approached her.
    "The victim believed he had a handgun," Kitchens said.
    The suspect reportedly forced the woman back into the restaurant.
    There were two other employees at the restaurant at the time, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
    Kitchens said police won't release details about what happened once the suspect got inside the restaurant, but the man ended up leaving Hardee's without any money or property.
    The man fled on foot and was not located by police.
    No injuries were reported.
    A police report indicates the incident also involved kidnapping. Kitchens said this stems from the suspect forcing the employee back inside the restaurant.
    The suspect was described as a black man who is about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He wore a hat, reading glasses and a covering over his face. He also wore a long, dark coat.
    A clerk of a convenience store in north Leavenworth was robbed Monday night. In that case, an employee at the BP station at 300 N. Fourth St. was unable to open a cash register, so the robber took the woman's purse.
    Kitchens said police will look into whether the two incidents are related. No determination has been made at this time.
    "We'll certainly compare those two," he said.
    Anyone with information about either case can contact the Leavenworth Police Department's CLUE hotline at 913-682-CLUE or 682-2583. People who call this hotline can remain anonymous.
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