Arrest Made In Shooting Of 16-Year-Old Phoenix Fast Food Worker

Wendy's near 19th Avenue and Glendale Avenue. [Photo via Google Maps]

Phoenix police have made an arrest in connection with an aggravated assault of 16-year-old Wendy’s employee, Brian Durham, on January 13, 2022. The suspect is identified as Theotis Polk, age 27.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, officers were called to the fast-food restaurant in the area of 19th Avenue and Glendale Avenue. When they arrived on the scene, they found the teen suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say that information gathered at the scene indicates one of the employees was involved in a verbal argument with a customer over an order at the drive-thru window of the business. The customer reportedly walked up to the drive-thru window, pulled out a handgun and fired into the drive-thru window hitting the teen working inside the store. The suspect jumped in the passenger side of a vehicle which then fled the scene.

The young man is “now stable after having surgery,” according to ABC15.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO.


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