NC Waffle House customer fights back against robber carrying AK-47 style rifle

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A customer at a North Carolina Waffle House fought back against a would-be robber who was armed with an AK-47 style rifle early Saturday, Fayetteville police say.

The incident happened Saturday at about 5:20 a.m. at the Waffle House at 650 S. Reilly Road in Fayetteville, police said.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that a black male entered the business, pointed what was described as an AK-47 style rifle at employees, and demanded money,” police said in a press release.

“The suspect was confronted by a patron and a struggle ensued,” police added.

The suspect then ran and was chased by several customers.

The suspect was last seen jumping a fence in the area of Highland Rentals in the 600 block of South Reilly Road, police said.

Police described the suspect as a black man, 18 to 25 years old, with a light complexion, 5’09” – 5’11” tall, with a thin build and dread locks.

The suspect was said to be wearing a black and gray hoodie, with possibly a red hoodie underneath, gray pants, and a yellow bandana over his face, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this attempted robbery is asked to contact Detective R. Deshields with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 580-3016 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type “4Tip” followed by your message).

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