A Chowchilla man was arrested Sunday night in a Clovis Denny’s after robbing the restaurant and calling police on himself, police reported.
Sgt. Vince Weibert said Eric Ross, 36, went into the Denny’s on Shaw Avenue just east of Willow Avenue about 8 p.m., and shouted that he was armed with a firearm and was robbing the restaurant. Several of estimated 25-30 diners ran out.
Ross approached the register, pulled out a pair of scissors and demanded cash. He then counted the proceeds and called 911, telling the operator he was a bandit and that he had hostages.
Officers confronted Ross while he was still on the phone in the restaurant, and he fought with them before he was subdued, Weibert said. Ross was booked on charges of robbery, false imprisonment and a probation violation from Santa Barbara.