by Carrie C. Causey
WAKE FOREST — Two people have been arrested in an armed robbery that is believed to be an inside job.
July 7, police responded to the McDonald’s on Forestville Road just before 1:30 a.m.
The manager, Regina Ebony Ellis, 29, 310 S. Swain St., Raleigh, reported that a black male wearing a scarf over his face robbed McDonald’s employees at gunpoint.
According to Wake Forest police spokesman Bill Crabtree, police were told the suspect, later identified as Donald Donnell Morris, 28, 613 Hilltop Drive, Raleigh, came through the drive-through, got out of the car and grabbed Ellis, who was working at the window. Morris then allegedly put a gun to her back.
Another employee was grabbed as Ellis went to the safe to retrieve the money. The two employees got on the floor and Morris fled. According to an arrest warrant, he made off with more than $7,000. No one was injured in the robbery.
“Early on in the investigation our officers had information and our investigation indicated this was an inside job,” said Crabtree, adding that investigation showed Ellis was working in partnership with Morris.
Ellis was arrested July 9 by Wake Forest Police Officer J.T. Boone at the McDonald’s restaurant. She was charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery at a business. She was taken to jail and held on a $150,000 bond.
Warrants were taken out on Morris July 11. He was arrested Monday by Raleigh police. He was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted possession of a firearm by a felon. He was taken to jail on a $250,000 bond.
Morris was previously convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery and several felony drug charges, according the N.C. Department of Public Safety database.