Arby's employee charged with homicide in manager's slaying

Arby's employee charged with homicide in manager's slaying

A drive-thru customer witnessed the deadly stabbing of an Arby's manager Wednesday in Chicago's Hickory Hills. Irvin Thomas, also an employee of Arby's, walked home after the alleged murder and told his mother he had done "something bad", according to prosecutors and the Chicago Tribune.

Thomas, 26, was brought before a judge last Saturday on allegations of first-degree murder and is being held without bail in the stabbing death of Arby's Hickory Hills location manager, John Price, 35, the paper said. In a Cook County courtroom Saturday, prosecutors told a judge that after the late Wednesday night attack, Thomas wiped the blade on his uniform, ditched both items in a store garbage bin and walked home.

The attack took place at the restaurant's front counter, where Price fell to the floor but then got to his feet and staggered into a next-door parking lot screaming for help, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Fisher, the newspaper said.

Surveillance video of the attack showed Thomas wiping the blade and stashing it in the bin, where it was later found by authorities. The attack itself was also seen by at least one other person at the restaurant and a drive-thru customer, who drove off and immediately called 911, according to court proceedings. 

An autopsy showed that Price died of multiple sharp force injuries for which Thomas now faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

As of press time, Arby's had not responded to QSRWeb's inquiry about the incident.

Topics: Legal Issues

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