Police looking for masked Wendy's robber in Lake City

Man helped former Wendy's employee rob restaurant, investigators say

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LAKE CITY, Fla. - Authorities are looking for a man accused of helping a former Wendy's employee rob the restaurant at gunpoint, Lake City police said.

The robbery happened at 12:08 a.m. Tuesday at 180 Southwest Main Boulevard.

Employees later identified one of the men as Kelvin Brown, 26, who used to work at the restaurant. Brown's accomplice has not yet been identified, police said.

According to police, employees were closing and restocking the store when the two men entered the rear door, both wearing masks.

The former employee was armed with a handgun and began ordering two of the employees into the freezer, taking one of the employee's cellphones as he did so, investigators said.

Police said one of the suspects broke an employee's nose and fractured his or her face for refusing to get on the ground.

The armed suspect threatened to kill the manager if he or she did not give the suspect all of the money in the restaurant, authorities said.

According to police, the two suspects fled on foot going west on Southwest St. John's Street with an undetermined amount of money, some of which left a trail on the street.

Authorities described the unidentified suspect as a black man who was wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and a camouflage bandana covering his face.

Brown was arrested at his home after the robbery and booked at Columbia County Detention Center. He is being held on no bond.

Police are asking for the public's help with identifying the second subject.

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