BETSY LAYNE – The owners of Zippy’s Pizza were stunned when their business was robbed shortly after lunch around 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Johnny McKinney, Manager of Zippy’s Pizza, two former employees came in through the back door. Chrystian Lyons and Davonna Wallen worked approximately four days when McKinney was forced to let them go because they had a bad attitude.
“They seemed like young nice kids really,” McKinney said. “We needed workers and I thought I would give them a chance. I was caught off guard and never would have thought they were capable of doing what they did here today.”
Lyons entered the store first and appeared to be irritated and asked McKinney to step outside so they could talk. Before McKinney could take a few steps, Lyons exploded in a rage and threw the cash register off the front counter. The register busted when it hit the floor and money was scattered.
The two men began to fight and that is when Wallen, Lyons’ girlfriend, rushed into the restaurant and began to rapidly pick up the money that had scattered on the floor. Wallen ran out to the car after grabbing the money and Lyons followed her.
The scary situation quickly became more intense as McKinney heard a gunshot. Fearing for his life, McKinney grabbed his son’s gun and immediately fired back at the car as the pair drove away.
It didn’t take long for law enforcement officials to locate Lyons and Wallen in Prestonsburg. The two were arrested approximately two hours after the assault. Lyons and Wallen were both charged with robbery – second degree, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center with $25,000 cash bonds. The two are scheduled to appear back in court at 9:30 a.m. on March 8.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.