Robbery at Cosi

October 22, 2009

In a robbery that occurred this Sunday, a supervisor at the Cosi Restaurant in the Leavey Center was bound with a cord and forced into a chair by a knife-wielding assailant, according to an incident report from the Metropolitan Police Department. The assailant is described as a black male, roughly six feet tall and wearing a black Cosi hat, a black bandana, and all black clothes.
The robbery occurred just before 6:30 p.m. when the suspect entered the office room where Dennes Spriggs was working. The suspect approached Spriggs with a knife and grabbed her neck.
The assailant then forced Spriggs to open the Cosi safe, according to the incident report, reportedly saying “Shut up, open the safe! Don’t say anything!” Spriggs was ordered to take all the money from the safe, amounting to $1,983, and place it into a black bag.
The suspect then brought Spriggs to the kitchen area of the restaurant, where he forced her into a chair and bound her hands with a cord. The suspect fled from Leavey’s rear exit.
Another Cosi employee discovered Spriggs in the kitchen after hearing her screams for help. The employee released Spriggs from the cords and Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service and the Department of Public Safety soon arrived on the scene.
Spriggs was uninjured, and did not receive a laceration on her arm, as was originally reported by a Georgetown Public Safety Alert sent out shortly after the incident. Spriggs did not require any treatment from GERMS.
The investigation into the incident is being led by MPD, but DPS will be reviewing Cosi’s security profile with its franchise owner Aramark.
Spriggs declined to comment for this article. Georgetown’s Department of Public Safety could not be reached for comment.

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