UPDATED--Taco Bell robbery suspect arrested outside News 11 studios - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

UPDATED--Taco Bell robbery suspect arrested outside News 11 studios

Mika Highsmith encountered the suspect when she left work on Tuesday evening. Mika Highsmith encountered the suspect when she left work on Tuesday evening.

Updated by Kate Oatis email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Eric Briggs, 17, the suspect in the robbery of the Front St. Taco Bell on Tuesday evening, appeared in court Wednesday.

Briggs' family was in court, too, and said they are disappointed in him.

Prosecutors want to certify Briggs as an adult, which could get him up to 10 years in prison if found guilty on the one count of aggravated robbery that he faces.

Police say Briggs robbed the Taco Bell with a sawed-off shotgun then fled across the MLK bridge to the News 11 parking lot, where he was apprehended. Police recovered the gun and a bag full of cash they say was taken from the restaurant.

Briggs was arrested just as WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon was leaving the building.

"When I opened the door, a policeman ran by with his gun out and said, 'Get back in the building, get back in the building,'" Chirdon said. "So I did. When I came out later, they had the suspect apprehended."

News 11 reporter Mika Highsmith had left the building just before Chirdon had.

"I saw someone run up to me, and I ran into him. He was holding something; I didn't know it was a shotgun, but I asked him, 'What are you gonna do?' I thought he was holding a club," Highsmith said. "He looked at me and then just kept running."

No one was hurt.

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