Former Hyannis Chick-fil-A employee tried to rob the restaurant with a knife, police say

Cole Reissner, 20, of Sandwich, allegedly demanded money while at a drive-up window.

Cole Reissner
Cole Reissner. –Barnstable police

A former employee of the Chick-fil-A in Hyannis tried to rob the restaurant while wielding a knife at a drive-up window Thursday night, police said.

Cole Reissner, 20, of Sandwich, allegedly demanded money from employees at the Route 132 eatery, but they refused to give him any, Barnstable police said in a statement.

Officers were notified of the attempted armed robbery around 9:40 p.m., police said. A caller told authorities the suspect was a white male in his 20s, with a gray sweatshirt wrapped around his head, and that he had approached the drive-up window on foot.

Reissner fled down Route 132 where police found him walking, according to authorities. In his backpack, officers discovered a folding knife and a gray sweater, officials said, adding that he was identified “by witnesses as a former employee of the restaurant.”

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Reissner was charged with attempting to commit a crime to wit armed robbery while masked, police said.

Authorities held him at the police station on $2,500 cash bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court Friday.