January 27, 2009
Chef foils restaurant robbery
Police in Wisconsin said they have arrested a man whose alleged attempted restaurant robbery was foiled by a chef armed with a large metal spoon.
Investigators alleged Joey Geraci, 39, entered the Williams Supper Club in Waukesha at about 10 p.m. Friday and grabbed an employee by the arm as part of a demand for money, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday.
Chef Erik Minor said he spotted Geraci, wearing a black motorcycle helmet and matching leather jacket, allegedly attempting to leave with the employee and two bags of cash that had been handed over by a bartender.
I said, 'He's not leaving with one of my employees.' So I hit him over the head with a big aluminum spoon, Minor said.
Minor said the spoon broke in half and he was able to wrestle the helmet from Geraci's head. The suspect was subdued by Minor with help from a cook, Andrew Tess, and a customer.
Geraci was charged with armed robbery and drug possession. He was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bond.