Police: Wingstop employee hurt in robbery

A 50-year-old Odessa woman suffered a broken ankle Saturday night after police said she tried to stop a man who had stolen an order from a Wingstop.

According to an Odessa Police Department report, dispatchers received a 911 call around 7:30 p.m. about a major accident in the 4900 block of East 42nd Street. While enroute, officers learned there’d been a robbery at the Wingstop in the area.

When officers arrived, the restaurant manager said a man came into the store saying he had an order under a specific name, but no such order existed, the report stated.

The manager said at that point, the man walked to a back counter and grabbed a bag containing half of a 50-piece order for another man and walked out, the report stated.

A 50-year-old employee of the store tried to stop the man, but she was runover and her ankle was broken, the report stated.

UTPB officers found the suspect’s vehicle and stopped it at gunpoint at East Highway 80 and Loop 338, the report stated.

After being read his rights, the driver of the vehicle, Ronald Gene Smith, 34, at first said a woman told him to pick up her order. He then said he’d ordered the food online, but couldn’t provide a receipt. Nor would he show officers the text he said he’d received telling him his order was ready.

Smith, who smelled of alcohol, did have a receipt from a liquor store from two hours earlier and officers found three empty liquor bottles in his vehicle, the report stated.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery and driving while intoxicated. He remained in the Ector County jail Monday night on surety bonds totaling $50,500.