Manager, customer stop attempted robbery at Springfield McDonald's

Police said Darrin Elder walked up to the drive-thru window of the restaurant and demanded money from an employee.

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 10:42 PM
Updated: May 1, 2019 10:35 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield Police said a man walked up to a McDonald's drive-thru window and threatened an employee just as the employee was about to hand food to a customer.

Police said Darrin Elder, 26, was holding a backpack in one hand and a large knife in the other when he demanded cash from the McDonald's employee at 1565 Mohawk Blvd., in Springfield.

After demands were made, police said the store manager intervened and shut the window.

That's when the drive-thru customer realized what was happening, and police said that customer nudged Elder with the front bumper of their vehicle.

Police said Elder abandoned the robbery attempt and the good samaritan followed Elder until police showed up.

Store owner Amrit Sandhar said he's grateful to his manager-on-duty and the customer for their quick thinking.

"I'm just very, very fortunate, very, very glad that the manager at the restaurant slammed the window as fast as he could and he took a step back. When the gentleman walked off, they kinda went after him to chase him and keep an eye on him."

Sandhar said he owns three McDonald's restaurants in the area and has never had something like this happen at any of his stores.

Court documents show Elder has been charged with attempted robbery and criminal mischief for allegedly using his knife to damage the hood of the customer's vehicle.

Elder is scheduled to appear in court again on May 8.

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