Armed Robbery at Henry's Restaurant in Richland; Suspect Caught
RICHLAND, Wash.--KNDU cameras were rolling as an armed robbery suspect was taken into an ambulance while trying to flee police he jumped off a balcony.
Richland police say 37-year-old Michael Shipman of Richland went in Henry's Restaurant at 1435 George Washington Way around 9:00 p.m.
He was wearing pantyhose over his face and displayed a gun to employees.
Police say Shipman got away with an unknown amount of cash, but he didn't get too far.
An officer spotted Shipman near the Rite Aid on George Washington Way.
A chase ensued with Shipman pulling into the Fluor Federal Services building off of Jadwin Avenue.
That's where he was taken into custody.
"We aren't even sure if it was a real weapon," says Sergeant Brian Rueggsegger, Richland police. One of the officers looking through the window said he wasn't sure if it was a real gun. The penalty is the same when you display even a plastic gun in a robbery and are charged with it and convicted of it."
Richland police say there are bank bags inside the suspect's car, but they need a search warrant.
Management at the restaurant say staff did a great job at keeping the suspect in the back.
At the time of the robbery, customers were dining but they had no idea what was happening.
Shipman is in the Benton County Jail on a number of charges.