Goodyear police: 'Joker' arrested for armed robbery of fast-food restaurant

Posted at 1:21 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 21:10:54-05

Police say a man has been arrested after forcing two restaurant employees into a refrigerator during a robbery.

Court records show that on December 3, a man robbed the Goodyear Jack in the Box near Yuma Road and Cotton Lane. Police report the suspect carried a knife in one hand and a gun in the other.

After stealing about $1300, he forced the two employees into the refrigerator at gunpoint. One of the employees recognized the suspect as a former employee of the restaurant who went by the name 'Joker.' 

The victim reportedly told police that he didn't know Joker's real name, but he did know the suspect's girlfriend. Police checked social media and discovered 'Joker' to be 30-year-old Joseph Sanders.

Sanders turned himself into police on December 12 but denied being at the restaurant, saying he was in Las Vegas that day. However, police checked his bus ticket and noticed the bus left the Phoenix area in the afternoon while the robbery occurred early in the morning.

The victims identified Joseph Sanders as the one who robbed the restaurant and he was arrested on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping.