The man gaining worldwide attention for his calm and collected demeanor during a terrifying armed robbery at the Kansas City, Missouri Jimmy John’s he works at has revealed just how he was able to handle the situation so smoothly. The employee gave an interview a few days after the incident took place, telling his side of the story.
The first-hand account of Wednesday’s robbery was given via a video Sky interview held with the BBC. Tuker Murray recalls the suspect, Terry K. Rayford, going from regular customer to criminal in mere seconds. After asking the employee what type of cheese Jimmy John’s offered their customers, he immediately whipped out a gun and ordered Murray to open the cash drawer, and to do so quietly.
The cashier did not obey on first command, however. Fox News reported that the worker merely stared at the robber until the gun was pointed directly in his face and he was then yelled at to comply. Even then, Murray himself admits, he did not wish to give Rayford the money and only did so because his manager insisted he do what the robber wanted in order for everyone to get out of the situation safely.
As for why the Jimmy John’s employee was not frightened, he essentially attributes his lack of terror to the robber being an “amateur.” Murray told the BBC that, upon learning that the perpetrator of this crime had actually done it many times in the past, he was surprised. He could not understand why the man was insistent on taking up to the very last dollar bill left in the register, even though the smart thing to do would have been to take what he could and run before law enforcement had the chance learn his exact whereabouts.
As reported by The Kansas City Star, the hunt for Rayford did not take very long and he was in custody by Friday morning. At the time of the armed robbery, he had been on parole after being released from prison for committing another one some time previously. His possession of a firearm is a federal offense, and as such he is facing up to 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine for violating these conditions.
Investigators are said to have been told by the man that he was committing the crime in order to gather enough money to pay off his crack cocaine supplier, to whom he claims to owe a substantial amount. He also went on to admit that purposefully violating his parole had indeed crossed his mind, as the conditions of his freedom were “hard to follow”.
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By Lorelai Zelmerlow
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