Shots Fired After Robbery at Fast Food Restaurant Drive-Thru, Thief on the Run

TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP -- Shots were fired after an unusual hold up at a drive-thru in Wyoming County.

An unsuspecting place for a robbery--the drive-thru lane at a McDonald's near Tunkhannock and an unsuspecting victim--Jake Coggins, who was just waiting for an ice cream cone.

"We're just sitting there, and I had the money--$1.16. I put the money back in my shirt pocket, and he got out of his vehicle and he walks back. He had a gun. He says, 'Give me your money. I'm not (expletive) kidding.' I said, 'No problem,' and I gave him the money," said Coggins.

Coggins said it was the driver of the SUV ahead of him in line.

Police shared surveillance pictures of the silver Honda Element with a temporary Texas license plate.

Coggins didn't have a cell phone on him, so went a few miles down the road to report the robbery at the state police barracks. That's when he saw the SUV again, and the robber saw him.

"I see him get out, and he points the gun. I ducked down on the floor. I put it in reverse, and I just started going backwards, and he hit the window right there."

Coggins was not hurt, though he thinks that's only because of luck.

"I will tell you the God's honest truth. I think he had every intention of shooting me. He did. If I didn't have any money, or I said I didn't, I think he would have because he had a look in his eyes."

People in the Tunkhannock community say such a crime is unheard of, but they're still reeling from the Weis Market shooting that killed three people earlier this month. They say nothing seems unlikely anymore.

"There's a lot of drugs here now. When we first came here 20 years ago, very small amount of drugs, but now it seems like it's all over the place," said Tom Saylas of Tunkhannock.

Police say the robber was driving a late model silver Honda Element. He's described as a white man, 5'6", 200 pounds, with short curly black hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tunkhannock Township police at 570-836-5255 or 911.


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