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Man pleads guilty in robberies of Taco Bell, convenience store in Washington County

April 16, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of robbery in connection with a robbery at Taco Bell and a robbery and assault at Byers Stop 'n Go last year.

Daniel Patrick Weedon pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, one in each case.

On Nov. 14, 2007, troopers responded to an attempted armed robbery outside Taco Bell off Maugans Avenue.

Four people who claimed they had a gun approached the employees and demanded the restaurant's "money bag."

When the employees said they didn't have the bag, someone used a rock to assault the male employee. His wallet and the female employee's purse were taken.

Some of the robbers also struck and kicked the male employee, who later needed six staples to close a head wound, police said in charging documents.

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At one point, a robber said he knew what time the money bag was taken out of the restaurant, mentioning an assistant manager by name.

Weedon was one of the people who asked for the money bag and mentioned the name of the assistant manager. He also struck and kicked one of the victims, the prosecutor said.

Weedon also pleaded guilty to robbery in connection with an October incident at Byers Stop 'n Go. The victim that evening was assaulted and his wallet was stolen, the prosecutor said.

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell did not sentence Weedon Tuesday and instead ordered a pre-sentence investigation because of Weedon's age and the maliciousness of the incidents.

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