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January 4, 2013

Duo in 'Waffle' Lot of Trouble

Tip pans out; suspects being grilled in restaurant robbery after Somerset police dog toasts their get-away plans

Somerset —  

Two armed robbers tried to get away from one all-night waffle joint with some ill-gotten dough, according to police ... but found law enforcement hot on their trail.
Randy Combs, 35, of Jackson, Ky., and Larry Sword, 29, of Clayhole, Ky., were both arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, a Class D felony.
According to Lt. Shannon Smith of the Somerset Police Department (SPD), a report of a robbery came in shortly after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Waffle King restaurant located on South U.S. 27. 
An employee reported that two men entered the restaurant and held it up — one armed with a gun, the other with a knife, demanding money. Officers who responded to the scene also learned that the suspects fled into an adjoining field in the direction of Monticello Street, behind the restaurant.
Smith said that there was one customer in the diner at the time of the incident, and nobody was hurt. He also said that employees followed advised procedure in this type of scenario. 
“They complied and that’s our recommendation,” said Smith. “In (this kind of) situation ... we would rather the employees or customers be a good, solid witness to what has taken place who can point us in the right direction or give us a good physical description than for them to have become a casualty.”
Smith said that SPD Officer Joe Criswell used Aras, a police K-9 unit, to track one of the suspects to an area behind Office Depot. Combs was found there hiding in some bushes, and was arrested. Sword was hiding nearby and fled when officers closed in on Combs, said Smith.
The K-9 was then used to track down Sword. Both men were taken into custody without further incident; Smith said that neither man was bitten by the dog.

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