A masked robbery suspect received quite a surprise on Saturday, Feb. 15, when he entered a Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers franchise in Louisville, Kentucky.
The suspect entered the restaurant at approximately 10 p.m., to find only a pair of customers in the establishment. That couple, however, were two married off-duty police officers out on a date night.
Elizabethtown police officer Nicole McKeown and her husband, Detective David McKeown, drew their off-duty weapons, pursued and apprehended the suspect who was later identified as Justin Carter.
“I saw her hands go up like this and I’m like, ‘Is he doing what I think he’s doing?’ ” Nicole McKeown said during a news conference, describing how the scene unfolded. “And he’s like, ‘Yeah.’ “
“There was literally no question. We just looked at each other: ‘Is this what’s going on? Let’s go,’ ” said Chase McKeown, adding, “We just did what we felt like we had to do.”
“The couple, who met on the job at EPD when he was a patrol officer and she was a dispatcher at the agency, have been married for six months,” Elizabethtown Police said.
Carter, a convicted felon, appeared in court on Feb. 17 and was represented by a public defender. The Associated Press adds that he will next appear in court at a preliminary hearing on Feb. 25.
As for Chase and Nicole, they said they’d be back to visit Raising Cane’s in the near future (the restaurant they ate at the night they got married).
“Oh, absolutely,” she said. “I love Raising Cane’s.”