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LAMBSBURG, Va. — An attempted armed robbery at the McDonald’s fast-foot restaurant in Lambsburg Monday was thwarted by employees who subdued a masked individual wielding a knife.

This led to the arrest of an alleged accomplice later. Both suspects are 19 years old, including one who is a Cana resident.

One employee of the restaurant was injured during the incident, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

The masked man entered the McDonald’s inside Love’s Truck Stop during the early morning hours Monday. He produced a large hunting knife and demanded money, investigators say.

During a scuffle for the knife, restaurant personnel subdued Jeffrey Isaac Welch of 295 Spruce Lane, Fries, and detained him until deputies arrived at the scene and took Welch into custody. One of the employees was injured in the scuffle, suffering a bite to his arm that broke the skin but was not believed to be serious.

Welch was charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and malicious wounding.

Upon further investigation, a second suspect was identified as an accomplice in the robbery, but he had fled the scene when realizing things had not gone well for his partner inside, according to a statement from Sheriff John B. Gardner.

Logan Mackenzie Jones later was arrested by deputies at his residence at 100 Mountain View Road in Cana without incident. Jones is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and as an accessory to commit armed robbery.

Both Welch and Jones are being held in New River Valley Regional Jail without privilege of bond.

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