Police have named the man they suspect robbed the Burger King in Willard. However, he continues to allude arrest.
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 today.
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.
The whereabouts of Vargas remain unknown.
"We have several agencies looking for him," Holden said. "He supposedly told the girl he had a gun. ... I'd consider him armed."
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.
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.
Witnesses got a good look at the Explorer. However, police said they haven't seen the sport utility vehicle in the area.
Because that model was mass produced, the chief has said finding the SUV isn't going to be easy.
There were no patrons in the restaurant during the hold-up.
Anyone with information that could lead to Vargas' arrest is encouraged to call the Willard Police Department at (419) 933-2561.