California Highway Patrol officers arrested a man who allegedly held up a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant in Malibu Tuesday night with the help of an accomplice who escaped with $150.
Wali A. Webb, 18, of Carson was booked at the Malibu Sheriff's station on suspicion of armed robbery after the 8:40 p.m. incident.
CHP Officer Joe Campos was flagged down by bystanders along Pacific Coast Highway and told that the nearby fast-food diner was being held up by two men. Campos called in several other CHP units after witnessing a Jack-in-the-Box employee being pistol-whipped by the accomplice. CHP officers arrested Webb at gunpoint when he emerged from the restaurant but the other man escaped from a side door.
CHP Officer Cliff Williams said Webb was carrying a toy pistol when he was arrested. The unidentified restaurant employee was not injured during the incident, Williams said.
The investigation is being handled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.