Man enters McDonalds with a machete

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KENNER POLICE DEPARTMENT

Michael J. Glaser

Chief of Police

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

500 Veterans Boulevard

Kenner, LA 70062

(504) 712-2200

FAX (504) 712-2209

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact:  Lt. Michael Cunningham

 Email:     mcunningham@kennerpd.com

 Office:    (504) 712-2420

 Date:     3/14/19

Man entered a McDonalds with a machete wrapped in a shirt, alarms management and patrons

 KENNER  On 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 Peace.

 Hayes 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.

 A short 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. 

 Hayes 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.

 As 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. 

 At this 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) 822-1111.

 
 

Michael
J.
Glaser

Chief of Police

 

 
 
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