Watch cops take down Maccies robber

Maccies staff described the “miraculous” moment taser cops happened to be sipping coffee in a car park as a robber wearing a clown mask took an untimely chance at holding up the joint.

The branch manager was finishing his shift at McDonalds in Earlsdon, Coventry, just after midnight on 7 August when he came face-to-face with sinister knifeman Zachery Ryan.

Ryan, of no fixed address, jumped over the counter and pointed the eight-inch blade into the 28-year-old’s stomach as he demanded cash takings.

But Ryan’s timing couldn’t have been worse.

Zachary Ryan

Clown: Zachary Ryan

Moments earlier two West Mids cops had popped into the Alvis Retail Park joint for coffee and doughnuts on what was a pretty chilled out shift until they had to rush towards Ryan as customers fled in the opposite direction.

The 41-year-old was tasered, disarmed and soon slumped on the kitchen floor in handcuffs.

Ryan was jailed for five years at Warwick Crown Court after admitting a charge of robbery. He will spend a further three years on licence.

West Midlands Police has released dramatic video footage showing the incident unfolding, plus officers’ body-worn video that captures the moment the store manager thanks the cops for coming to the rescue.

He said:

“I was in the office having finished my shift when I heard a scream from one of my team. I ran out to find a man in a clown mask holding a big knife…I can remember the light glinting off the blade. All I could see was his eyes. 

The mask we recovered from Ryan

Clown mask recovered from the scene

“He made threats for money and when I told him we only had one till with cash, and that there wasn’t much in it, he got agitated and pushed the knife against my stomach. 

“I turned to go back to the office, to buy some time; I knew it was a case of fight or flight and I had a decision to make. But the moment I turned my back I heard a loud crack; I didn’t realise at the time but it was the sound of the police officer’s taser going off. 

“One moment I was being threatened at knifepoint and the next the guy was on the floor and in handcuffs. I thought ‘wow’ where did you guys come from. It was like a miracle and perfect timing. 

“I’ll always be grateful for what they did that night. They and their colleagues are welcome to pop in for a coffee on their break whenever they like!” 

West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Kat Sibley said:

“The officers were patrolling shortly after midnight and had stopped on a ‘refs’ break…they were in exactly the right place at the right time. 

“Thankfully no-one was hurt and the man has rightly been handed a jail term for what was a nasty robbery.”

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