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Man shot in face in Mexican restaurant robbery

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

A 25-year-old resturant worker was shot in the face with a shotgun during a failed robbery.

A second employee of La Quacaquana Taq was sprayed with green salsa, which was in a container shot by a would-be robber Friday night, at about 11:30, at 6735 Tara Blvd., according to police.

Clayton County police responded to find Hermenegildo Say Xicara, of Jonesboro, "bleeding from the upper lip and the right cheek," apparently shot in the face, according to the report filed by Officer W. Poss.

The robber was reportedly wearing a white bandana and carrying a black, pump shotgun. He allegedly said he was "going to shoot everyone" and then pumped the gun and fired into the kitchen. The shot hurt Xicara and destroyed the container of salsa, police said.

The robber demanded that the cash register be opened, but the manager was too shakey to turn the key, according to the police report. The robber went around the counter, but couldn't open it, either. He also allegedly tried to open a safe in the store, but failed, and left through a back door.

Witnesses told police the man was last seen running toward Legacy Apartments on Tara Boulevard. He was described as a black male, approximately five-foot-10, wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and a white bandana. The gun was about two-feet long.

Xicara was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center, and was released the same night. The employee hit with the salsa, who was not named by police, did not want medical treatment.

Anyone with information about the incident, is asked to call police at (770) 473-5400.

Two men mugged while going out to eat

Two men reported that they were robbed behind a resturant by a studdering teen with a gun on Sunday.

Willie Gregory, a 24-year-old from Rex, and Jerome Green, a 23-year-old from Palmetto, were at 6510 Tara Blvd., according to police reports, behind O'Hara's Food and Spirits. While getting out of their car, they were approached by a teenager, who looked to be between 17 and 19 and carried a gun. He asked for their wallets, according to Clayton County police.

The two men told Officer K.R. Jones that the teen "was studdering as if it was his first time," when he asked for their wallets.

He took about $40 from Gregory and $10 and a bank card from Green. The robbery suspect may have gotten into a old, gray Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

The man was described as a black male, about five-foot-three and weighing 130. He was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and baggie blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the incident, is asked to call police at (770) 473-5400.