Fast-acting McDonald’s workers beat up robber, take gun

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by Andrew Horansky and Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on November 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 7:15 PM

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HOUSTON — Two brothers, one a father and the other a soon-to-be father, did not think twice when three armed robbers stormed a McDonald’s near Willowbrook Mall late Thursday.

“It was kind of like out of a movie scene,” Brodrique Banks, 24, who was working in the kitchen, said.

Banks and his 21-year-old brother, Xavier, said it was around midnight Thursday when three men with guns pulled up to the restaurant on Highway 249 at N. Gessner.

“As they pulled up, you can see a guy spring out through the window. He was armed and masked and everything,” Banks said.

One of the men climbed through a drive-through window, but Banks surprised the gunman and beat him up and took his gun after it jammed.

“Once it jammed, I was able to grip it, and get it away. By that time, I hit him with a couple of knees,” Banks said.

Banks fired the gun away from everyone to empty the clip.

Employees locked the drive-through window and waited for police to arrive, but the two gunmen outside shot out the window so the suspect inside could escape.

Authorities said the three men left empty-handed, and they even left behind the truck they pulled up in, which was reported stolen.

No employees were injured in the attempted robbery.

Everyone was left shaken up and Banks had some words of wisdom for the suspect.

“There are other ways, you have to be patient. Something will fall through as long as you’re trying. I just feel bad for him,” he said.

Banks said he watches a lot of wrestling and that’s where he learned his moves.

Police are trying to figure out if the same guys are connected to other restaurant robberies in the area.

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