A fast-food restaurant employee was beaten by a would-be robber early Monday outside a McDonald’s restaurant in northern York County, authorities say.
The York County Sheriff’s Office says the incident was reported about 12:40 a.m. at the McDonald’s on U.S. 21 near Springhill Farm Road. That is about a half-mile south of I-77 at the Carowinds Boulevard exit.
According to deputies, a 17-year-old man reported he had just finished his shift when a man walked up to him in front of the store.
The victim said the man asked him how he could get to Interstate 85, and when the employee pointed in the direction of I-77, the man hit him in the face with a metal tool, grabbed him by the shirt, and forced him to walk to the rear of the store.
The 17-year-old said the assailant asked him if he had money, credit cards or a cell phone, but the victim said he had none of those. The would-be bandit then forced the victim down to the ground and told him not to look, or he would be killed. The victim said the attacker got into the passenger side of a 2001 silver Dodge Durango, and the vehicle sped off toward I-77.
The victim could not describe the driver of the Dodge, but he told deputies the assailant was a white male, about 5 feet 8 with a medium build, wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The victim also said the man had a deep voice.
Deputies say surveillance video from the restaurant showed a white male -- with brown hair, a goatee, a blue T-shirt and black pants -- escorting the victim around the store. The victim sufdfered a gash over his left eye, authorities say.
Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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