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Waffle House pitchfork robbery suspect arrested, charged with murder

Jeffery Willard Wooten Jeffery Willard Wooten

Norcross police confirm the man who robbed Waffle House on Buford Highway is now in police custody.

The Sheriff's Office in Knox County, Tennessee, says 49-year-old Jeffery Willard Wooten was arrested on Friday. He was charged in the fatal shooting of 44-year-old Randy Lands earlier that day in a Knox County home.

Earlier this month, Wooten robbed the restaurant armed with a pitchfork.

He herded the employees into the stockroom with the pitchfork and then attempted to open the cash register.

When he was unable to do so, he picked up the cash register and left the restaurant.

As he was leaving the parking lot, he tripped and dropped the pitchfork.

Two employees followed him into the parking lot, and one picked up the pitchfork and chased him to the Rite-Aid, adjacent to Waffle House.

When Wooten got to his vehicle, a fight ensued, and he was struck with the pitchfork by one of the employees.

As he fled in his white Ford F-250, the rear window was broken out by one of the employees.

Police said it appeared he sustained some injuries.

Copyright 2014 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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