Suspect injured in armed robbery

Published 12:09 pm Friday, April 1, 2011

An armed robbery at the North Frontage Road Waffle House restaurant Thursday night left one suspect in a Jackson hospital and Vicksburg police looking for two others, Lt. Bobby Stewart said today.

Police received the call just before 9 p.m. that two men had entered with weapons and demanded money, Stewart said. One had a handgun and the other a tire tool, Stewart said. An employee gave them an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, he said.

The suspects then fled, getting into an older model silver Nissan Altima driven by a woman, but their path was blocked by a Waffle House employee who had left by the back door, got into his own car and drove it in front of theirs, said the lieutenant.

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“The two suspects then exited the getaway vehicle and as (one of them) pointed his weapon at him, he stepped on the gas and apparently struck the (other), who was then taken into custody on the scene,” Stewart said.

Nathan Kirkley, 22, 105 Churchill Drive, was taken to River Region Medical Center and transferred to University Medical Center, where he was in good condition this morning, said spokesman Peggy Wagner.

About 12 customers were in the restaurant, Stewart said. None was robbed and no one else was injured.

Stewart said police will interview Kirkley this morning and were working to identify the other robber and the driver.

“Kirkley will be officially charged with armed robbery when he is released from the hospital,” Stewart said. “We did recover the tire tool and part of the cash.”