WHITE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Two people have been arrested after restaurant patrons foiled an attempted robbery in Indiana County Saturday afternoon.
According to police, the incident happened at the King Buffet in the 2400-block of Oakland Avenue in White Township around 2:50 p.m.
The suspects have been identified as Jeremia Fromme, 22, of Ernest, and Adam Wilson, 26, of Indiana.
The two suspects entered the restaurant and Fromme approached the counter. At that time, Fromme handed over a note demanding money. He then told the cashier, “Just do it, just do it.”
“Our niece was opening the cash register,” King Buffet owner Bin Zheng said. “And he grabbed the money out and then when I came out he tried to run.”
The cashier hesitated and Fromme lifted his shirt. The cashier believed Fromme had a gun and handed over an undisclosed amount of money.
By that point, Zheng had been warned by a customer what was happening.
Both Fromme and Wilson attempted to leave the store, but were tackled to the ground by patrons inside the restaurant as well as the owners.
“I was here cleaning a table and a customer came out and tell me she sees the robbery going on,” Zheng said.
The two suspects were taken to the state police barracks in Indiana, where they later confessed.
Zheng wrestled with the two from the cash register all the way to the door and his brother helped restrain them.
Fromme is now facing charges including, robbery, criminal conspiracy and simple assault. Wilson is facing two conspiracy charges.
Both are being held in the Indiana County Jail.
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