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Two caught after Popeye's employee, 2 others rob Athens restaurant at gunpoint

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A Popeye’s employee and another man were arrested for allegedly robbing the fast food restaurant at gunpoint Thursday night in Athens. And police said they are still searching for a third suspect.

The armed robbery happened around 10:20 p.m. at the Popeye’s at 1125 Prince Ave., according to Athens-Clarke County police.
Officers responded to the location after getting a call from the manager, who was not injured in the incident, police said Friday.

The manager, whose name was not released, told police all the employees had left and he was counting the money in the office when two men came in and demanded the money at gunpoint, police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow said. She did not say how much money was involved.

The manager said they took his cell phone and threw it to the floor, breaking it, Sorrow said. The suspects then left with the undisclosed amount of money and his cellphone, she said.

The investigation later revealed that shortly after the dining area was closed, an employee allowed the two men to enter the business, Sorrow said. They apparently went to the restroom and waited until all customers had left, she said.

The men then went to the office and confronted the manager, Sorrow said. They exited the business and entered a vehicle that was parked at a business next door, she said. Investigators apprehended the employee, Christopher Andrew Brown, and after questioning him, they charged the 27-year-old with armed robbery, aggravated assault, and conspiracy to commit a crime, Sorrow said.

Police also arrested Gerald Kendrick Baughns, 19, of Arcadia Drive, and charged him with armed robbery and aggravated assault, Sorrow said. Both have been placed in the Clarke County jail while a third unidentified suspect remained on the run Friday.