LAWRENCEVILLE -- The next time five teenagers return to a McDonald's, they may elect to purchase a Big Mac or quarter pounder instead.
With $1,000 cash, the teens, 15-, 17- and 19-years-old from Buford and Milton, set out to purchase five cellphones on Monday from David Winfield III, 21, at a McDonald's at 1414 Pleasant Hill Road in Lawrenceville. For safety reasons, the buyers decided to split up and sit at different tables in the restaurant, although the driver in the group also held the cash, a Gwinnett Police incident report said.
When Winfield met the group to sell the phones, he suggested they close the transaction in the group's car, a silver Toyota Prius, and two of the teens complied.
Once in the car, the report said, Winfield allegedly produced a knife, took their cellphones and demanded money from them. After the victims said they didn't have the money, they called for another person in their group to bring it out, who was not aware of the attempted robbery.
When the third teen and cash arrived at the car, one victim told police that Winfield, "threatened to stab everyone if he did not give him the money." After the money was passed, Winfield told the teen in the driver's seat to start the car. But the car wouldn't start.
"The suspects and victims began yelling at each other at this point," the incident report said. "During the commotion (one victim) grabbed the knife from the suspect and threw it out the driver's window."
That victim suffered a cut on his right hand, but then was put in a headlock by Winfield, the report said.
Winfield then released the headlock, got out of the car and ran away from the restaurant. But two of the teens chased after him, while a third called police.
An officer arrived on the scene during the chase, and eventually got Winfield on the ground after he told the officer he was the victim. Police later found that Winfield had $1,006 on him.
The officer wrote that Winfield was "belligerent and requested his attorney during this initial investigation." Winfield then moved his handcuffed hands to the front of his body, which caused the officer to secure a leg shackle strap.
On Thursday afternoon, Winfield was still held without bond in the Gwinnett jail on charges of armed robbery, hijacking of a motor vehicle and giving a false name or information.