Suspect in monster mask tries to rob Taco Bell - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Suspect in monster mask tries to rob Taco Bell

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Deangelo Jones (Source: MPD) Deangelo Jones (Source: MPD)
Dru Morris (Source: MPD) Dru Morris (Source: MPD)
Roakeem Hill (Source: MPD) Roakeem Hill (Source: MPD)
Tremayne Howard (Source: MPD) Tremayne Howard (Source: MPD)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Police officers arrested four men they said tried to rob a Taco Bell in Frayser.

It happened at the Taco Bell restaurant on Frayser Boulevard near University Street just before 1 a.m Tuesday, and employees at the Burger King just next door immediately called for help.

Frayser is currently one of the highest crime areas in the city. It's why employees at Frayser businesses said they don't take any chances when it comes to safety.

"We're looking out for each other out here," one employee said. 

Monday, a Taco Bell employee told police a man wearing a monster mask ran up to the drive-thru window, pointed a gun inside, and said, "Give me everything you got." The worker at the drive-thru then dropped to the floor. The suspect's hand reached for the cash register and tried to open the drawer, but he failed to open it.

The employee said the manager huddled all of the employees together in the back of the restaurant. The suspect ran off. No one inside the Taco Bell was hurt.

Employees at the Burger King next door saw what happened and called police, saying they saw three men run away from the Taco Bell.

"That could've been our store last night because actually he came on our lot first," one Burger King employee said.

Investigators were on the scene dusting for fingerprints. Within minutes, officers in the area pulled over a Nissan Sentra with four men inside that matched the suspect descriptions.

Inside the car, police found a mask and a gun.

All four men inside the car--19-year-old Tremayne Howard, 20-year-old Deangelo Jones, 21-year-old Roakeem Hill, and 18-year-old Dru Morris--were arrested.

Employees at the fast food restaurants hope police will take notice and increase overnight patrols in the area.

"We tell the mangers to remain vigilant," an employee said. "If you see any parked cars that shouldn't be parked and strange guys just hanging in the corner, we always want to call the police, even if it's for any of us around here."

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