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Two suspects in armed robbery at Wendy‚??s charged

February 20. 2013 2:19AM
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WILKES-BARRE TWP. -- Criminal complaints charging two men in Saturday's armed robbery at Wendy's Restaurant say the manager was compelled to open a safe at gunpoint after employees were forced into a freezer.

Township police said the two suspects, Aaron N. Flowers, 22, of Main Street, Sugar Notch, and Kristopher Ray Rasmussen, 27, of Melbourne, Fla., were captured in New York City late Monday afternoon. Police said they are waiting to hear if Flowers and Rasmussen will fight extradition to Luzerne County.

Restaurant employees identified Flowers and Rasmussen as the suspects who robbed the restaurant on Schechter Drive.

According to the criminal complaints filed with District Judge Michael Dotzel:

Two Wendy's employees took trash to an outside Dumpster when they were approached by two masked gunmen at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. One of the employees recognized a red Nike drawstring book bag being held by one of the suspects and said, Aaron, I know it's you. The two employees were warned not to make any stupid moves or they would get a bullet in their head.

Once the robbers were inside the restaurant, other employees were forced to surrender their wallets and cellphones. Several of them turned over car keys, including a key to a 2002 Saturn.

Employees were forced into a freezer while the manager was made to open a safe at gunpoint.

The suspects told employees to stay in the freezer for 20 minutes, and barricaded the freezer door with a heavy cart.

Employees came out of the freezer after 15 minutes and one of them realized his Saturn was missing. Police said the car was recovered in Pittston Township with one of the guns and a bandanna.

Flowers and Rasmussen are charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy and theft.

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