Monday, December 07, 2009

Another Dearborn Heights Saturday Night

I can’t improve on this story.

Manager-mother IDs alleged robber with gun as her son

Saturday, December 5, 2009
By Sean Delaney, Press & Guide Newspapers

DEARBORN HEIGHTS -- A 27-year-old Lincoln Park man and his 22-year-old girlfriend will undergo a preliminary examination Dec. 9 after allegedly robbing the Wendy’s on Telegraph and Van Born Road, where the man’s mother worked as a manager.

Authorities say 27-year-old Jason Zacchi walked up to the restaurant’s drive-thru window about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 28 with a blue bandana around his face and a sawed off shotgun in his hand.“He threatened one employee, and reached in and started hitting the screens to open up the register,” said Dearborn Heights Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Gurka.

During the commotion, the restaurant manager came out to see what was going on and recognized her son’s face above the bandana.

“She proceeded to walk over and shouted, ‘What the hell are you doing?’” Gurka said.

She told investigators she attempted to take the drawer from her son, who fled with $150 cash in an unidentified vehicle allegedly driven by his 22-year-old girlfriend, Amanda Lee Yost of Lincoln Park.

Yost, a former Wendy’s employee, allegedly gave Zacchi her grandmother’s shotgun prior to the robbery. The couple was arrested at the home they share with Zacchi’s mother and the $150 was recovered by police.

Both were arraigned Monday in 20th District Court on armed robbery charges and are being house in Wayne County jail — Zacchi on a $100,000 cash bond and Yost on $50,000.

The couple has three young children — 18-month-old twins and a 2-year-old.

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