• Restaurant employees tackle, wrestle would-be robber

    By: Dave Faherty


    MORGANTON, N.C. - Restaurant employees held down a man who attempted to rob them at gunpoint, police said.
    The robbery occurred Monday night in Morganton.  Police said when they arrived at the scene that the employees had Scottie Hill on the ground ready to be handcuffed.
    Hill has been charged with attempted armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping. He forced several employees inside the restaurant and one server noticed something off about his gun.
    Detective Tim Corriveau said that there was some orange in the barrel of the gun, he also said it appeared to be an airsoft gun.
    Once the employees realized the gun was not real, they attacked the man and wrestled him to the ground.
    Gae Stovall was one of the employees who stopped Hill.
     "I wish that that would happen more often. If people realize the person is not as dangerous as they appear, good for folks for taking him down," said Stovall.
    Brian Miller,  the operating partner, said he was very proud of his staff for taking action.
    "It was very courageous for my staff and it took a lot of heart and guts and they did the right thing,” said Miller.
    Hill's bond was set at $500,000.

    He has also been convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in Catawba County.

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