Police said a Columbus driver had no idea his passenger early Tuesday morning had just knocked over a Waffle House.
But less than 10 minutes after police say Talley Ellis, 33, of Hamilton robbed the Buena Vista restaurant, officers had stopped the car he was riding in an put him in custody.
Ellis was riding with his companion just after midnight, when the two parted briefly. Ellis' friend was visiting a woman while he borrowed the car and drove to the 4005 Buena Vista eatery, said Columbus Police Lt. Steve Cox.
"He just walked into the business with a black and silver handgun, but he also made two of the employees empty their pockets," Cox said.
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Robbing the Waffle House around 12:25 a.m. with a nylon stocking over his face, a black skull cap and wearing an army camouflage jacket and blue jeans, Cox said Ellis took some cash and then returned to his friend. Ellis' companion then resumed driving and the pair were pulled over by police around eight minutes later two blocks away from the restaurant.
Ellis faces three counts of armed robbery. He is scheduled for Columbus Recorder's Court Wednesday.