Anaheim Police Shoot Man Accused of Holding 2 Subway Employees at Knifepoint During Attempted Robbery
A man accused of attempting to rob an Anaheim Subway and holding two female employees at knifepoint was recovering after being shot by an officer on Sunday, according to local police.
A woman called 911 around 2 p.m., but because she was whispering the dispatcher was only able to understand her location — a Subway restaurant in the 1100 block of West Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
Police responded to the “unknown trouble call,” and arrived about 7 minutes later, he added.
Once at the location, the officers realized the Subway’s doors were locked, and after looking through the windows, they saw a man leading two female employees at knifepoint to the back of the restaurant.
“As the events were unfolding, something occurred inside the business that made the officers feel that they needed to force entry to rescue the victims,” Wyatt said.
One officer then shot the man, who was described by Wyatt as being a 33-year-old transient.
He was transported to a hospital in critical condition, but later said to be stable and expected to survive.
Investigators believe the man was attempting to rob the Subway, and the two employees indicated they did not know him.
The female victims were not physically injured, but Wyatt said they appeared traumatized.
The officers involved were wearing body cameras, he added. It was not known if the footage would be released.
A knife was also recovered inside the business, according to Wyatt.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Police Department homicide detective and its Major Incident Review Team, and Anaheim’s Office of Independent Review all responded to the scene.
KTLA’s Feven Kiflegiorgis contributed to this report.