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Attempted robber uses screwdriver to steal from metro fast food chain

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Employees at the Wendy's on N.W. 36th and May were minding their own business when a man walked into their restaurant just after the lunch rush.

But, he wasn't looking for a hot meal.

He was searching for cold, hard cash.

"He goes behind the cash register and uses his weight to press up against the clerk to move her out of the way to retrieve money from the cash register,” said Sgt. Ashley Peters, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The surveillance video captured the scary situation last Thursday.

The suspect grabs money from the register.

If you look closely, you can see the female has her arm in a sling.

That's when a manager notices the strange man and jumps into action, pushing him away from the clerk then snatching the money back from the suspect.

But, that's when things ramped up for a moment.

"The suspect then brought out a screwdriver. At that point, he did flee," Peters said.

The assistant manager said his instincts kicked in when he realized the crook was near his injured employee.

Now, Oklahoma City police are crediting the assistant manager with diffusing a circumstance that could have turned out much worse.

"Because of that employee's diligence and just paying attention to what was going on...coming to the rescue of that other employee, I believe he was able to deter the suspect from doing anything else," Peters said.

suspectThe suspect was last seen running out of the northwest side of the Wendy’s and out through the parking lot.

The good news: no money was stolen and nobody was injured.

Here’s another look at the suspect.

He’s described as a black man, 6 feet tall and 160 pounds.

He has a slim build and is believed to be in his early 20s.

If you know anything about this robbery, call Oklahoma City Crime Stoppers at 235-7300.

You can stay anonymous, and there could be a cash reward.