Police still looking for man who robbed Jimmy John's Friday

Sunday, July 17, 2011 | 4:22 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A sub shop was robbed late Friday night, leaving the manager injured.

At about 10:54 p.m. Friday night, a man entered the back of the Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, at 4008 W. Broadway, as the assistant manager and two other employees were leaving, said Dave Hestir, director of marketing for Jimmy John’s stores in Columbia.

The man demanded money and struck the assistant manager with a handgun, according to an e-mail from Columbia police Sgt. Jill Wieneke.

The man left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, Hestir said.

There were no customers in the restaurant at the time of the incident, he said, and the assistant manager was the only one who received injuries.

The manager was treated at University Hospital, was released and is “doing well,” Hestir said.

The man was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, tan pants and a bandana over his face, according to Wieneke's e-mail.

One of the employees present at the time of the incident has already returned to work, and the assistant manager is expected to return soon as well, Hestir said.

Jimmy John’s employees are instructed to not “escalate the situation in any way,” in incidents like these, and the employees “followed (that) to the best of their ability in this difficult situation,” Hestir said.

“They were very professional in their actions,” he said.

He said Jimmy John’s delivery drivers have faced situations like this before, but there has never been an in-store incident.

Police were still looking for the man as of Sunday afternoon, and Hestir said Jimmy John’s is working with the Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri Highway Patrol in this investigation.

“We’re very confident that this individual will be prosecuted and brought to justice to the fullest extent of the law," Hestir said.

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