May 25, 2009

Eye holes in mask lead to suspect ID

Police in Memphis said the large eye holes in a robber's mask allowed a KFC manager to recognize him as a recently fired employee.

KFC manager Laketa Hollowell said she unlocked the front door of the restaurant Saturday morning after hearing a knock at the back door and a masked man armed with a knife rushed into the business and demanded money from a safe, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Monday.

Hollowell said she recognized the man as Ezederick Jones, 18, an employee who had been fired the previous day, because of the large eye holes in his mask. Her hand was cut during a struggle with the man and he fled after she addressed him by name, investigators said.

The manager called police and Jones was found by officers and arrested within hours, investigators said.