Man tries robbing a Whataburger with a pair of tongs

AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) - An Austin man was arrested after unsuccessfully attempting to rob a Whataburger with a pair of tongs, according to officers.

After reviewing surveillance video, authorities say 44-year-old David Garcia-Gonzalez, who had difficulty maintaining balance while walking, approached a Whataburger at 2305 Burleson Road.

After loitering in the business for a while, he reportedly grabbed a pair of metal tongs and walked up to an employee who had opened the register.

The suspect approached her from behind and started jabbing her with the tongs while repeatedly demanding money.

Garcia-Gonzalez was eventually confronted by another employee, who ordered him to leave the restaurant.

The suspect fled the scene but was later detained by officers at a car wash just east of the Whataburger.

Garcia-Gonzalez now faces charges for robbery by threat, a second-degree felony.

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