Updated 01/18/2011 05:02 PM
Suspect killed in attempted robbery of Subway
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CHARLOTTE -- Police interviewed a Subway Restaurant employee who witnesses said shot two robbery suspects Monday night.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police haven't decided if they'll file charges against the employee who killed 20-year-old Jamal McKenith and injured 19-year-old Demetrius Thomas. Thomas is still recovering at CMC-University. Warrants for robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery will be served once he's released from the hospital.
Also charged is 19-year-old Deonna Brown. Police say she drove the men to the restaurant and drove Thomas to the hospital.
This isn't the first time an employee in a would-be robbery fought back using a gun. Several months ago, a Pizza Hut employee shot and killed two men allegedly robbing the restaurant. That employee was not charged.
"Should I allow it, should I not allow it?" Elizabeth Brackett of The Employers Association said it's a question many companies they consult ask. Weapons at the workplace was such a significant topic for the more than 865 employers the company assists, they included it on their annual survey.
"I feel like a majority of employers feel like no good can come from allowing an employee to bring a weapon on campus," Brackett said, looking over the results that were just compiled and still haven't been made public.
According to their survey, 80 percent of companies do not allow weapons on their property; 3 percent do allow them on the property but not in the building, and 17 percent of companies allow weapons at work.
When asked about a formal policy on weapons in an employee's car at work, 65 percent of companies have a policy banning them and 36 percent have no formal policy for weapons in employee's cars.
"Maybe a company has a "No Weapons Policy," but they turn a blind eye to somebody who may have a weapon based on the fact that they're a retail store or they're an after-hours restaurant or things like that," Brackett said.
Subway's Corporate Office didn't reply to a Tuesday morning request for a comment. Employees at the restaurant in North Charlotte Tuesday declined comment.
• Keep Calm and let the robber know you intend to cooperate.
• Obey all the robber’s orders. Keep all communication with the robber short and simple, don’t argue.
• Do not fight the robber or use a weapon. Violence will only increase everyone’s personal risk.
• Give the robber all the cash and merchandise they demand.
• Do not chase or follow the robber.
• Be identification-conscious. Observe the robber, their weapon and escape vehicle so you can accurately describe them to police later.
• Immediately report the robbery to the police - DO NOT hang up the phone until they arrive.
• Lock the door and protect the crime scene until police arrive. Don’t touch anything that the offender touched and ask potential witnesses to remain on scene until police arrive.