FORT MILL — A teenage McDonalds employee in Fort Mill told deputies a stranger forced him to lie on the ground, hit him with channel locks and threatened to kill him while demanding his money, credit cards and cell phone early Monday.
At about 12:40 a.m., deputies were sent to the McDonalds at 3490 U.S. 21 Bypass after receiving word of an attempted armed robbery, according to a York County Sheriff’s report.
The victim, 17, of Morganton, N.C., told authorities that he heard footsteps while waiting outside the restaurant after his shift ended. He was lying on the ground with his hat over his eyes. When he sat up, he saw a man standing in front of him.
That man asked him how to get to Interstate 85, the report states. The teen pointed toward Interstate 77 just before the stranger hit him in the face and head with a pair of “channel locks.”
The assailant then grabbed him by the shirt, said, “Come with me” and began escorting the boy behind the restaurant towards the drive-thru, deputies reported. He asked the boy if he had any money, credit cards or phone. The victim told the assailant he did not have anything.
The stranger made the boy lie on the ground on Springhill Farm Road and told him not to look at him or the victim would be killed, the report states. The man got into the passenger’s side of a 2001 silver Dodge Durango, which travelled towards I-77.
The boy ran back into McDonalds and told his co-workers to call police, the report states. The Fort Mill Rescue Squad took the boy to Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville to receive treatment for a cut above his eye.
McDonalds surveillance video showed a man with brown hair and a goatee escorting the boy behind the business. He wore a blue T-shirt and black pants. A more-detailed description was not available.