Two arrested in Wendy’s robbery

By Katherine Wartell

Two Manhattan men were arrested for their alleged involvement in Sunday’s late-night armed robbery at Wendy’s, but the suspected robber remains at large.

Capt. Kurt Moldrup said Richard Lawrence, 23, 1340 Cambridge Place, No. 3, and Gilbert Floyd Blizzard Jr., 28, 2422 Charolais Lane, were arrested following a police investigation.

He said Lawrence is suspected to be the driver of the getaway car, but did not disclose how detectives believe Blizzard is involved.

Moldrup said officers were able to respond quickly to the scene Sunday night after Wendy’s employees immediately notified dispatch and were able to give dispatchers good descriptive information.

He said they reported that the suspected robber fled the restaurant from the back door and climbed over the retaining wall. Responding officers observed an SUV turning west onto Claflin Road from Waters Street and attempted to stop the vehicle, but Moldrup said the SUV failed to stop and a chase ensued.

Around the 2900 block of Dickens Avenue, Moldrup said the SUV slowed and the passenger, who matched the description of the suspected robber, bailed from the SUV.

He said the driver led the police to the 1500 block of College Avenue, where he stopped and also bailed from the SUV. Officers were able to apprehend Lawrence, and he is charged with aggravated robbery, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, obstruction of the legal process and reckless driving.

Moldrup said that further investigation revealed Blizzard’s alleged involvement and he was arrested for obstructing apprehension and released on $3,000 bond.

The suspected robber, who was reported to be dressed all in black and wearing a mask, is still at large, but Moldrup said the stolen money has been recovered.

He said detectives have a suspect in mind, but the case is still under investigation. He said police are continuing to determine whether the robbery is related to the April 4 armed robbery of McDonald’s in Westloop.

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