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Convicted felon sentenced for robbing Tucker Waffle House, shooting at officers

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Convicted felon sentenced for robbing Tucker Waffle House, shooting at officers

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

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DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

A convicted felon will be spending the next 25 years in prison after being convicted of robbing a Tucker Waffle House and then shooting at DeKalb County Police Officers.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said  Jason Philpot, a 10-time convicted felon, entered the Tucker Waffle House on Sept. 30, 2014.

“Philpot and his accomplice entered the Waffle House on LaVista Road in Tucker, Ga., shortly after 10:30 p.m.,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Philpot wore a black mask and carried an assault-style rifle while his accomplice wore a green mask and carried a handgun. The robbers approached two waitresses at gunpoint and demanded that the women provide money from their cash registers and relinquish any personal cash. Philpot and his accomplice then emptied the cash register, took the waitresses’ tip money, demanded access to the safe, and forced the waitresses to accompany the robbers to the rear of the restaurant before placing the women on the floor at gunpoint.”

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A Waffle House employee outside the restaurant contacted 911. A DeKalb County Police Officer responded.

“The officer encountered the robbers and unsuccessfully attempted to stop them before they escaped in a car driven by the defendant,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Philpot and his accomplice then led multiple police officers on a high-speed car chase through a busy commercial area. Philpot eventually crashed his car. He and his accomplice fled on foot and fired at the pursuing officers. The defendants fired 11 rounds at police officers before Philpot was arrested at a nearby hotel and his accomplice was apprehended in a brush area close to the hotel. Philpot pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of the restaurant, but proceeded to trial on the offenses of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence – the armed robbery – and being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. A jury convicted him of the offenses on August 4, 2017.”

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a jury acquitted Philpot’s accomplice in the Waffle House robbery, but the accomplice pleaded guilty to robbing a McDonald’s at gunpoint a few days before the Waffle House incident, for which he received a 10 year sentence.

Philpot was sentenced to 25 years, eight months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

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