Taco Bell in MC robbed at gunpoint

November 19, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — Two people are in custody, arrested the day after allegedly robbing the Taco Bell restaurant on Franklin Street.

Michigan City Police were called about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday to the restaurant at 3636 Franklin St., where employees reported an armed robbery.

Employees said a man with a gun entered the restaurant and instructed employees to open the cash register. The man held a gun to the head of one of the employees until he complied, according to a police report.

The employee opened the register and the suspect removed an undetermined amount of cash before running out of the restaurant, police said.

Witnesses told police the suspect arrived and left in a light colored four-door vehicle being driven by a woman, but they had driven off prior to the arrival of officers. No one was injured.

On Wednesday, officers and detectives from the MCPD and La Porte County Sheriff’s Department developed leads that led to a pair of suspects.

On Thursday, the suspects were questioned and Judge Michael Bergerson issued an arrest warrant, police said. Arrested and charged were 34-year-old Joseph Barnes and 29-year-old Melinda Hunt, both of Michigan City.

Barnes is facing a felony robbery charge and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court 1 on Monday. He was also wanted on a warrant for an unrelated burglary charge, and is scheduled to appear Nov. 30 in Circuit Court on that charge, according to the sheriff’s department. He is being held without bond.

Hunt is facing a felony robbery charge and is being held on a $25,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Anyone with further information about the incident should contact Det. Cpl. Jillian Ashley at (219) 874-3221, Ext. 1082.

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