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Officers make arrest, recover money in McDonald's armed robbery

TAMPA — Officers arrested a 23-year-old man Sunday night in connection with an armed robbery at a McDonald's, police said.

The robbery was reported just after 10 p.m. inside the McDonald's at 4443 W Kennedy Blvd. A man barged into the restaurant, pointed a handgun at the manager, and demanded money from a safe, Tampa police said.

After taking an undetermined amount of cash, police say, he ran away. Officers soon arrived and searched the area. Officer Kevin McNiff was headed south on N Lois Avenue approaching Kennedy Boulevard when he saw the robber running away from the McDonald's. He arrested the man in the 4100 block of Kennedy Boulevard and recovered the stolen money, which the robber had stashed in his front left pocket.

The money was returned to the restaurant. The robber was identified as Mario James Allen.

Allen faces armed robbery and felon in possession of a firearm charges.

He was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where he remained Monday without bail.

Officers make arrest, recover money in McDonald's armed robbery 05/06/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 6, 2013 11:05pm]
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