Crime

Armed Robber Hits Ronnie's Catfish for $3, Then Patiently Waits for His Order

Ronnie's Catfish & More is delicious. How delicious? This delicious:

According to Dallas police, a man walked into the Ronnie's location on Red Bird Lane at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. "What can I get for six bucks?" he asked.

He ordered a two-piece catfish basket ($4.69 plus tax, includes fries, pickles, peppers, and Texas toast). He paid in cash. He gave his name as J.D. Then, he pulled out a handgun and ordered the cashier to give him all the money in the register.

The cashier said she couldn't do that, but he was welcome to take whatever was in the tip jar, which was $3.

J.D. took the money, then he waited. He stood there while the cashier called the store's manager, who told her not to hand over any money, and he waited while the manager called 911. He might have waited until police arrived, but his catfish basket was ready.

He took it and left, pausing outside Essence Beauty Mart to try the locked door, then heading east.

Dallas police arrived not long after, but a search of the area turned up no one matching the man's description. Essence Beauty Mart did have a surveillance camera, however, which gave police a clear picture of the man. They note in their report that he "appeared to be under the influence of drugs."

Or perhaps he was just intoxicated by the scent of Ronnie's Catfish.

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