Two employees of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Woodstock have been arrested and charged in the armed robbery of the restaurant Thursday night.
Jeremy Huffman and Jacob Rybak, both 19 and both of Woodstock, were arrested on armed robbery charges, said Capt. Joe Perkins, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Perkins said at about 7 p.m. Huffman, who was off work, came into the restaurant on Eagle Drive in Woodstock and waited as the manager was closing up for the night.
As the manager was completing his closing duties, Perkins said Huffman allegedly pulled out a revolver and pointed it at the manager, demanding money from the safe.
The manager handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, and Huffman fled from the restaurant on foot, Perkins said.
Perkins said sheriff’s deputies searched the area and found Rybak, who was later determined to be an accomplice in the robbery, in the woods off of Towne Lake Parkway.
Deputies found Huffman, who had been identified by the Chick-fil-A manager as the man who drew the gun, just after midnight at a house on Fieldstone Way in the Towne Lake Hills East subdivision, Perkins said. Perkins said deputies tried to contact the suspect inside the house for several hours but got no response.
After Huffman’s failure to respond, a Cherokee County SWAT team entered the home about 6 a.m. Friday and took him into custody without incident, Perkins said.
“The cash and revolver were recovered at the time of Huffman’s arrest,” Perkins said.
Huffman and Rybak have both been charged with armed robbery, Perkins said.
Huffman has also been charged with aggravated assault and obstruction of an officer, Perkins said.
Perkins said both suspects are being held in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center without bond.