Robber chased away by Waffle House employees who use his pitchfork against him

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NORCROSS, Ga. (WGCL) — Norcross police are searching for a man who robbed Waffle House on Buford Highway on Thursday night.

Police said a man entered the restaurant around 5:30 p.m., armed with a pitchfork.

The suspect herded the employees into the stockroom with the pitchfork and then attempted to open the cash register.

When he was unable to do so, he picked up the cash register and left the restaurant.

As he was leaving the parking lot, he tripped and dropped the pitchfork.

Two employees followed the suspect into the parking lot and one picked up the pitchfork and chased the suspect to Rite-Aid, adjacent to Waffle House.

When the suspect arrived at his vehicle, a fight ensued and the suspect was struck with the pitchfork by one of the employees.

As the suspect was leaving in his white Ford F-250, the rear window was broken out by one of the employees.

Police said it appeared the suspect sustained some injuries.

The suspect was seen traveling southbound on Buford Highway.

A Norcross police officer responding to the call saw the vehicle making a U-turn on Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Brook Hollow Parkway and attempted to stop the vehicle.

The suspect drove off the roadway and continued onto Lanier Boulevard where the truck was abandoned in the 5600 block of Hammond Drive.

Police identified the suspect as Jeffery Willard Wooten and obtained warrants on an armed robbery charge.

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