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Knife-wielding suspect in KFC robbery attempt: 'I've just been drinking a little'

Published: Dec. 7, 2015 at 3:48 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2015 at 3:57 PM EST
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Charlie Johnson is behind bars after allegedly trying to rob a KFC restaurant.
Charlie Johnson is behind bars after allegedly trying to rob a KFC restaurant.

SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) – An armed robbery at a fast-food restaurant was stopped in progress because an off-duty police officer was in the drive-thru at the time and intervened.

Jeffersonville Assistant Chief Michael McVoy was ordering from the drive-thru window at the KFC at 7604 Old State Road 60 on Sunday when the robbery call came out, according to the case report.

The report said McVoy immediately entered the restaurant and saw a woman with two knives in her hands. Charlie Johnson was smiling and gesturing at KFC employees and customers, all while drinking beer, witnesses told police.

McVoy ordered Johnson to d rop the knives, which she did, then was placed in handcuffs..

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Restaurant workers told investigators they noticed Johnson acting strangely. The manager reported that she watched Johnson take a knife out of her purse and put it up to her own neck to threaten the store employees. The manager said Johnson then walked over and locked the front door and then attempted to get money out of the drawer.

That's when McVoy was able to get in the restaurant through a side door. When order had been restored and a second police officer asked Johnson is the knives were hers -- including one that was 10 inches long -- she said, "Yes they are mine. I've just been drinking a little," according to the case report. She also said she wanted to go back to jail, police said.

Johnson was taken to the Clark County Jail and booked on charges of armed robbery, intimidation with a deadly weapon, public intoxication and criminal confinement.

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