KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The mother of a young man suspected of attempting to rob a Church’s Chicken at gunpoint took her son to the police station to turn himself in on Tuesday, according to Kansas City, Mo., police.
Prior to taking her son to the police station, the woman showed restaurant employees pictures of her son on her cell phone to determine if he was the one who took part in Sunday’s robbery attempt.
Police are now looking for the two other suspects who attempted to the restaurant, located at 55th and Prospect. Restaurant manager Edward Turner foiled their plans when swiped the weapon out of the gunman’s hands.
Turner has been manager of the store for only 10 months. He says so far this year his store has been robbed three times, and he’s tired of it.In October, the same Church’s restaurant was robbed by a man with a samurai sword. Click here for that story.
Turner said the robbery — and his decision to turn the tables on the suspects — happened really fast. In fact, the surveillance video times out at :33 seconds from start to finish. For a moment, Turner said he was worried about what the suspects were capable of since he has a wife and two kids.
“The guy sounded experienced, real experienced, he sounded serious,” said Turner. “I’m not a hero at all. I wasn’t trying to be a hero. I was trying to be calm, look for an opportunity and an opportunity came and I took advantage of it.”
The men, who police estimate are between 18 and 27 years of age, walked into the restaurant at about 6:20 p.m. They pulled out a black .38 revolver and demanded money.
When Turner took the gun, the suspects ran away.
“I had been talking to God about it a lot, and you just want it to stop,” he said, “I’m not taking up a personal challenge with anybody. I’m like any human, I bleed and I’m capable of dying. One day I will. But we just want to bring some dignity to this area; we want to build it up, not tear it down. I encourage them to go to church and not Church’s Chicken,” Turner said.
Surveillance video show what happened Sunday night:
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.