Salisbury police: Homeless man writes note in McDonald’s then robs the restaurant

Published 12:05 pm Thursday, May 17, 2018

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — A homeless man robbed a McDonald’s restaurant using a note that he sat down to write inside the restaurant, according to the Salisbury Police Department.

The man left the restaurant with money and was identified later by an officer.

Police charged David Sanchez Herron, 40, with felony robbery with a firearm. He remains in the Rowan County jail under a $75,000 secured bond.

Officials said the man went into McDonald’s at 704 E. Innes St. about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and asked the cashier for a piece of paper and pen. He sat down, wrote the note and left. He returned and handed the cashier the note, which said, “Give me your money or I’ll shoot. Wait five minutes before calling police.”

The cashier opened the register and handed the man some money. A police officer who responded to a call saw the man on surveillance video and recognized him as a man he had dealt with on another matter a few hours earlier.

Detectives drove around Salisbury on Thursday morning and spotted Herron at Cemetery and Shaver streets. He was arrested about 7:50 a.m.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.