Employees Fight Back Against Robbery Suspect, Former Co-worker

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Updated: 1/25/2012 12:31 am
    "Ashley, I love you," those were Donald Hudson's parting words as Lexington Police took him into custody Tuesday night.  Just before 9, police say the 23-year-old walked into the Hardee's restaurant at the corner of Mt. Tabor and Richmond Roads with a steak knife and demanded money.  But, the employees here refused and fought back.  Police say they knew the reported robber.

         "He was a former employee of the Hardee's and the employees fought back and held him down until police got here," says Lexington Police Commander Scott Blakely.

     The store manager tells ABC 36 that Hudson was fired 6 months ago, but doesn't know why.  Police say there were no customers in the store at the time of the robbery and none of the employees were hurt, however, Hudson was.

     "He got some injuries from the employees when they held him down, some minor injuries," explains Commander Blakely.

     Police say the employees here are lucky they weren't seriously hurt and advise anyone against fighting back in situations like this.

     "There's no amount of money worth your life and when you act in the manner, you're risking that and we certainly don't encourage that.  It's always better to comply with their demands and get the money that they're looking for and get gone,"  says Commander Blakely.

     As he was being carted off to jail, Hudson had one final thing to say, "daddy loves you Junior."

     Hudson is charged with robbery.
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