A 16-year-old cashier who was shot and killed while working at a Burger King in Milwaukee on January 2 is believed to have been involved in staging the robbery that ended her life.
The teenager was working inside the restaurant when a vehicle pulled up and knocked on the drive-thru window. According to police, she immediately backed away from the window and grabbed the cash drawer out of the register.
After approximately 40 seconds, police said the suspect exited the vehicle and stuck his upper body through the drive-thru window. He then pointed a semiautomatic pistol at the cashier and motioned to the cash tray as she attempted to call for the other employees.
Security footage from the Burger King showed the driver duck out of the window as the teenager fell to the ground crying and bleeding, according to police. However, it never appeared that the driver’s gun ever discharged.
Other cameras showed a male employee standing inside the restaurant during the altercation. According to a criminal complaint, he walked toward the drive-thru as the manager called after him.
Police said the male employee would have only seen the driver’s head and upper torso inside the window from the angle he was standing. As he got closer, he reached around the door and fired toward the drive-thru window.
The cashier, who was standing between their coworker and the driver, was in the line of fire and later died in the hospital from multiple bullet wounds to the chest.
But new information was recently released in the criminal complaint against the driver, Antoine Edwards, stating he staged the botched robbery over the phone with the cashier and his 16-year-old daughter.
Edwards claimed his daughter, the cashier’s best friend, had nothing to do with the robbery, but during an interview with police, his daughter apparently admitted to being in on the plan.
According to the criminal complaint, she, her best friend, and her father planned to stage a robbery at closing time “when the register was likely to have lots of money.”
She said her friend was normally assigned to the drive-thru window and that she often works in the kitchen, so the plan was for her to hand over the money. However, none of the other employees were in on the plan.
She said she believed her friend “panicked” and began yelling about the gun after she grabbed the cash tray. Police said it was not part of the plan for Edwards to enter the window in the event that the money was not handed over.
The male employee was charged with a count of possession of a firearm by an out-of-state felon. Edwards was charged with one count of felony murder, one count of intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child and death is a consequence, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Edwards could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
On Sunday morning, a 19-year-old woman was shot and killed while working the cash register at a Burger King in East Harlem.
According to police, Kristal Bayron Nieves was shot in the torso during a robbery at about 1 a.m. A female manager was also punched in the face and a male customer was allegedly pistol-whipped.
On Friday, police announced the suspect, 30-year-old Winston Glynn, was arrested and charged with murder, robbery, criminal use of a firearm, and criminal possession of a weapon. Glynn was reportedly an employee at the Burger King location throughout most of 2020.