Robbery and hostage-taking in McDonald’s Curacao

WILLEMSTAD--A would-be robber turned hostage-taker Sunday afternoon at the McDonald's branch on Dr. Maalweg in Curaçao.

 
Two young men walked into the fast-food restaurant, just as the proceeds were being counted and prepared for transport to the bank.
 
One of the suspects stayed at the door while the other went to the counter, pulled out a knife and threatened the personnel, demanding the money. He then managed to grab the cash register drawer with the cash.
 
Meanwhile, an officer of the government security corps SKS who was eating there sprang into action, pulled his service weapon and approached the duo.
 
The man by the door ran away, but the other one grabbed a female employee and held the knife against her neck, threatening to hurt her if they did not let him go.
 
The security officer ordered him to drop the knife and at one point even fired a warning shot through the ceiling, but the suspect did not give up. Instead, he dragged the woman outside while still holding the knife at her neck and with the cash pan in his other hand. He forced his hostage into a grey car and drove away, but he didn't get far.
 
The SKS officer had followed and shot at the tyre, causing the car to swerve and become stuck on a ridge. The man then dragged the woman out and backed away, before dropping her to the ground and running off.
 
Police searched the area and found the suspect hiding in the vicinity not too long afterward. He was arrested and the loot recovered. The female victim was shaken up, but unhurt.

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