Restaurant Worker Attempts Disarm, Shoots Robbery Suspect

U.S.A.-( On December 2, at about 9:45 p.m.  In Warner Robins, Georgia, Joshua Hickey attempted to rob a restaurant at 1307  Watson Blvd. Warner Robins is about 70 miles southeast of Atlanta, and about 8 miles south of Macon, Georgia. The restaurant is an American Philly-N-Wings on Watson Blvd near Vernon Drive.

After Hickey jumped the counter, a restaurant worker attempted to disarm the suspect. But Hickey is said to have pistol-whipped the worker, attempting to gain compliance. The worker was struck to the floor, then drew his own handgun and shot Hickey three times. Hickey fled the scene. From

Sergeant Justin Clark with Warner Robins Police says Hickey jumped the counter and attempted to make his way to a door in the restaurant while demanding money. That’s when things escalated, Hickey allegedly pistol-whipped a worker and the two men fought over the gun.

“The restaurant worker was struck, hit the ground. As he was coming back up, he drew his own legally-owned firearm and fired three shots at Mr.
Hickey. Mr. Hickey was struck twice and fled on foot,” Clark said about the tussle.

The police responded to the 911 call.  They found Hickey with serious wounds, outside the restaurant, on Vernon Drive.  Hickey was 23 years old.

Hickey was taken to the hospital where he died. Police said the restaurant worker was not hurt, but an earlier report stated he had minor injuries.


The pistol whipping must have been ineffective. A pistol used as a blunt instrument often draws blood. It is a serious attack. A strike to the head with a metal club can easily be fatal.

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Except for the restaurant worker getting struck, this is a good story with a happy ending. These sorts of stories, if publicized, could do much to reduce armed robberies in those states with reasonable carry laws. If a bad guy thinks he just might get shot and killed while trying to rob a place, perhaps he would make a wiser choice. Perhaps not. But then he could make a good story on AmmoLand.


one less pos to support in jail


It’s self defense, I fully support the worker


Any word from American Philly-N-Wings?


The story was on the news yesterday and I didn’t hear Philly say anything. On FOX early this morning (between 2 and 3 o’clock) were talking to I think was police chief.


Justice serviced and the taxpayers benefit .


The officer forgot “Pay attention to you CCW and ammo.”

Another breakfast time heartwarming story. Albeit the “AMERICAN” on the sign gave me a twinge of sadness for the rampant crime in many of our cities. Democrat controlled more often than not.

Henry Bowman

Hickey F’ed Around & Found Out. Like this guy.

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The long lasting effect? The restaurant worker, having no health insurance and making only minimum wage – will be coached to claim he has recurring headaches, dizziness. He then files disability claims with the state and the Feds (Social Security) and because it is neurological, can’t really be “cured”, he gets a big lifetime of disability. Bingo – never has to work again. Qualifies for subsidized housing and other state benefits. Now, does ANYONE wonder why in the hell every state and the federal gumment is in debt up to their eyeballs?


Wow – this really is a negative reply. Sorry to hear that you feel that everyone games the system.


Speaking from experience??? 😉


All to often we know of people doing just that, playing the system. But we really don’t know if this will be the outcome of this worker. He had a job & he carried. So he’s already being responsible in more than one way. He may have also saved a few lives w/out even knowing it. Who knows who might have got robbed after this place. Or if someone may have ended up dead during the process. I would sooner give the man the benefit of doubt. He will go on working. And hopefully have a brighter future.

Wild Bill

So what is your preferred response scenario to attempted armed robbery, threat of lethal force, assault, and battery? just curious. Oh, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Ammo.

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Dubi Loo

Sounds like you’d be happier if the restaurant worker was killed?


Not at all! So many people have misconstrued what I was trying to say. I’m glad as hell he successfully defended himself – however, in today’s society, instead of being celebrated like here on this comment board – there are far too many people who would take his actions as a green light to leech off of society for the rest of his life. My point was poorly communicated – sorry.


I completely understood your original comment, and I’ve given you a positive vote.Well, although lots of hoplophobe, leftists would take advantage of the system, the vast majority pro 2A people wouldn’t, because we have morals and that’s against our values

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Dubi Loo

Thanks for the clarification. That’s why I posed it as a question. I still disagree with your cynical analysis of what the victim may do. Having said that, we likely have differing perspectives. No beef on my part. Be safe but have a plan to use deadly force when necessary.


Just because you’d engage in those actions if you were in his place doesn’t mean this stand-up individual will. Get your mind out of the gutter.


And you KNOW this guy is a stand-up individual how? And no, the reason I wrote that comment was I have seen that kind of thing more times than I want to recall over the past 40 years – going back to the Clinton days. But hey, keep living in your utopia.