When a pair of armed robbers loaded up their weapons and stalked into a Cleveland, Ohio Taco Bell early on Wednesday, you’d think they’d have been successful. Fast food workers are not known for carrying weapons or for being willing to put their lives on the line for corporate profits. But after the armed robbers pointed their weapons at the Taco Bell employees and ordered them to the ground, the fast food workers served up a shocking surprise of their own. And it turned out to be just the thing to stop the robbers in their tracks.
It was 2:45am on Wednesday when armed robbers busted through the doors of Taco Bell and ordered the staff to the ground.
Five employees immediately became victims of the armed robbery. And although no customers around, the situation was dire as the armed robbers did not seem well prepared.
With bandanas tied across their faces, the armed thugs flashed their weapons at the employees and commanded them to the floor. Then the suspects approached the cash register to collect their “easy” windfall.
But these armed thugs had no idea that three of the young Taco Bell workers, two of which were 19 and the other was 23, had a deadly surprise of their own. And they were not willing to become victims on that early Wednesday morning.
Police reported that those three Taco Bell employees were carrying firearms. And when they saw the criminals waving guns in their faces, they took out their weapons, and like cowboys, fired back.
Although the three employees didn’t get both criminals – one of the robbers escaped on foot – the other one was not so lucky. 24-year-old De’Carlo Jackson was shot six times.
After taking out one of the robbers, the Taco Bell employees chased after the other while another worker called 911.
Police arrived to find Jackson with a weak pulse. He was lying on his back holding his loaded gun in his hand. Although he had tried to rob the restaurant, he was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead there.
One of the owners of the Taco Bell restaurant location, Arthur Giles, told local news that his employees acted in self-defense. None of his armed employees or the unarmed ones were injured in the firefight.
Cleveland, Ohio is apparently not a safe city to buy tacos.
Police have refused to release the names of the employees who fired shots, but no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. The police and district attorney seem to agree that it was done in self-defense.
Taco Bell is offering counseling to the employees. And the company released a statement:
“Taco Bell and Sigma Bell, LLC., the franchise owner of this Cleveland, Ohio location, are shocked this happened at the restaurant. Our franchisee is fully cooperating with the Cleveland Police Department in their investigation. The employees are very shaken up from today’s events, and our franchisee is offering them counseling.”
If these Taco Bell employees hadn’t had their weapons, the store would have been robbed.