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Cops nab suspected BK robber on Xmas

Aaron Krause • Dec 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Merry Christmas -- you're going to jail.

A Plymouth man accused of robbing the Burger King in Willard has been arrested and is in custody in the Huron County Jail.

Javier L. Vargas, 23, of 419 Plymouth St., Plymouth, is charged with robbery in connection with the Dec. 19 incident. If convicted, he faces nine months to three years in prison.

"Vargas is the Burger King robber," Willard Police Chief Mark Holden said Tuesday.

The chief didn't return a phone call Wednesday seeking an update on the situation. However, Sgt. William Hubbard of the Huron County Jail confirmed Willard police brought the suspect to the jail a little after 2 p.m. on Christmas.

Hubbard said he didn't know where police found Vargas. He said he came into the jail calm and caused no trouble, Hubbard said.

The third-degree felony was filed Monday in Norwalk Municipal Court and Judge Eric Weisenburger issued a warrant for Vargas' arrest.

Police were able to identify the suspect based on multiple tips.

A Burger King clerk was working at the drive-thru window about 9 p.m. Dec. 19. She described the masked driver as a Hispanic male based on his accent and color of skin. While the robber told the cashier he had a weapon, she didn't see it.

The suspect made off with hundreds of dollars, police said.

"He supposedly told the girl he had a gun. ... I'd consider him armed," Holden said previously.

There were no patrons in the restaurant during the hold-up.

There was a female passenger in the steel blue-colored Ford Explorer driven by Vargas. Holden has said the woman also may be Hispanic, but the clerk didn't get a good look at her, although the victim remembered the passenger had long, dark straight hair.

"The passenger we believe is his girlfriend," Holden said. "We'd like to interview her before we determine any charges."

As of Tuesday, Holden said police hadn't heard from the girlfriend.

A bond hearing for Vargas is expected to be held today in Norwalk Municipal Court.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Reflector Staff Writer Cary Ashby contributed to this story.

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