KENNER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Michael J. Glaser
Chief of Police
500 Veterans Boulevard
FAX (504) 712-2209
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lt. Michael Cunningham
Man entered a McDonalds with a machete
wrapped in a shirt, alarms management and patrons
March 12, 2019, at 11:10 AM Edward Hayes, 21, was arrested for violating
City of Kenner ordinances Illegal Carrying of Weapons and Disturbing the
entered the McDonalds located at 3013 Loyola Drive, Kenner walks to the
back area and sits at a booth.
Minutes later he departs the business.
Hayes had nothing in his hands at that point.
time later Hayes re-entered the business this time carrying a large
slender object wrapped in a shirt.
An employee alerted the manager that Hayes was carrying something
wrapped in a shirt and the manner in which he carried the object that it
could possibly be a shotgun.
However, when Hayes entered the restaurant, he hid the object
under his arm by his side.
then approached the counter, asked for a cup of water and again sat
toward the back of the restaurant.
The manager immediately began monitoring Hayes on surveillance.
The object, still wrapped in the shirt, was placed on the table.
An employee cleaning tables near Hayes observed what they
believed to be the handle of a shotgun protruding from under the shirt.
At about the same time this was reported to the manager Hayes
stands, throws the cup of water on the floor and begins acting erratic.
The manager immediately takes the appropriate action by informing
customers they needed to leave, had the employees exit the restaurant
through the rear doors and called 911 to report the incident.
A second call is made to 911 reporting that there was a man in
McDonalds armed with a shotgun.
customers and employees exit the business Hayes runs to the front
counter, sees no one there, then runs out the door.
Officers arrived on scene just as Hayes exited the business and
were able to take him in custody. Hayes
was still in possession of the object wrapped in the shirt which was
determined to be a 24-inch-long machete.
stage it is still unknown what was Hayes’ motive.
However, had it not been for the actions of the manager, this
incident could have very well turned into a tragic situation and the
manager should be commended.
Kenner Police Chief Michael J.
Glaser urges anyone who has any information about these incidents to
call the Kenner Police at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504)