Armed robber threatened, taunted employee in Lee’s Summit Subway heist

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- There's been another robbery in a string of hits at Subway restaurants across the metro, and this time, the victim was a young father and college student.

Twenty-year-old Kris Johnson was on his first day back on the job Thursday, at the Subway off NW Chipman Road, after taking some time off college. He said his 1-year-old daughter's face is what flashed through his mind when he found himself facing the barrel of a gun just after 9 p.m. Thursday.

Johnson said he was in the back of the store, finishing up dishes and putting away food, since the store was closing in less than an hour. He said that's when a man walked in and put a bag of chips on the counter.

"I went to put my gloves on because I thought he was going to order a sandwich," he recalled.

Instead, Johnson said a man dressed in a black hooded jacket and a brown scarf wanted something else.

"I rang up a bag of chips and right when the cash register opened, he pulled out a gun out of his black trench coat, and a Walmart sack out of his trench coat and asked me to put the money in the bag."

Johnson said the man told him he'd shoot him if he didn't give him the money. He said the robber also told him to "stop trembling" before the man grabbed the cash and ran.

"I went straight to the bathroom, locked myself in the bathroom and called the police as fast as I could," Johnson said.

Olathe police are searching for two aggravated robbery suspects believed to have robbed the Subway in the 13500 block of south Mur-len Road Monday, Jan. 25.

Olathe police are searching for two aggravated robbery suspects believed to have robbed the Subway in the 13500 block of south Mur-len Road Monday, Jan. 25.

He said police asked him questions and showed him a picture from surveillance from a Subway in Olathe, hit Monday. Johnson looked at the photo and said, "That's the exact same scarf he was wearing, the exact same jacket."

There have been five robberies at Subways this week alone, all across the metro.

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Investigators say they're working to learn if the cases are related.

"I wasn't really expecting it. I never really thought it could happen to me, but yeah, I guess second chances. Not being able to go home to my family would be the worst," said Johnson.

A second chance at life by making it through an armed robbery; a chance to move past the scary night and continue going home to his family.

Subway staff said they think the man got away with about $200. Police in Lee's Summit didn't release surveillance video because they said they're working with departments in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Kansas, Olathe, and Shawnee to piece together these robberies.