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New Details in Richland Armed Robbery

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RICHLAND, Wash--  One day after an armed robbery at Henry's Restaurant and police are getting a better picture of what happened, as well as a better picture of who the suspect is. 

One worker tells KNDU the suspect, 37-year-old Michael Shipman, used to be a cook at the restaurant a few months ago.

Workers say the suspect came to the backdoor and pointed a gun at the dishwasher and cook before turning it on the bartender.  The gun turned out to be a black air pistol.  The bartender took the suspect to the safe and gave him the money. 

Today the waitstaff is a bit shaken up, but they're being thanked for their quick thinking.

"The wait staff, if they would not have had the descriptions that they did and worked as fast as they did, thought in the way they did, he would've got away because he was in a car," says Christina Karger, a waitress whose family owns the restaurant.  "There's plenty of directions you can go."

After he took out the back door and hopped into his Buick sedan, he drove away with police following him. 
He then hit a curb and a stop-sign before running towards the Fluor building. 

KNDU cameras were there as he was put in an ambulance following a wild foot-chase that ended with him jumping 18 feet, injuring his back and ankle. 

The bartender involved in the robbery was back at work the next day.  She admits being a bit  "shell-shocked."