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Deputies: Man charged after attempted armed robbery at McDonald's, hit-and-run crash in Spartanburg Co.

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John Carey Birch Jr. (8/30/17 FOX Carolina) John Carey Birch Jr. (8/30/17 FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office say a suspect is behind bars after an attempted armed robbery at a McDonald's and hit-and-run Monday night.

Deputies responded to a reported armed robbery at a McDonald's on the 2200 block of Chesnee Highway around 10:35 p.m. There, deputies were given a good description of the suspect and his vehicle.

According to incident reports, a man ordered food at the drive thru and told the workers they'd better hurry. When the man pulled around to the pick-up window, deputies said he pointed a gun at an employee's face and demanded his order. The employee told deputies she slammed the window closed, retreated inside the restaurant and called 911.

Soon thereafter, reports came in of a possible hit and run incident in the parking lot of the QT near McDonald's. Then another call came in about a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect's car that had wrecked into a fence at Chapman Grading and Concrete.

The suspect did not comply with verbal commands to exit the vehicle and had to be forcibly removed, deputies say.

He was identified as John Carey Birch Jr., 52 of Spartanburg.

Birch was transported to the hospital since deputies say it appeared he was under the influence of some illegal substance. He is currently being guarded by deputies at the hospital until his medical condition stabilizes enough to be released to the detention facility.

Birch was charged with the following:

  • attempted armed robbery
  • possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime
  • possession of a weapon by a convicted felon
  • uninsured vehicle fee violations 1st
  • driving under suspension 2nd offense
  • driving under the influence first offense
  • hit and run unattended vehicle

At the time of the incident, Deputies say Birch also had an active warrant on him for obtaining property under false pretenses for an unrelated incident.

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