Press release from the Asheville Police Department:
Shortly before midnight on Dec. 30, the Asheville Police Department (APD) responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Domino’s Pizza (1438 Patton Avenue). The call originated from an employee inside the business who stated that the suspect was still in the building and armed with a machete. APD officers arrived on the scene and were able to take Curtis Andrew Wallace, Jr., 29, of Asheville, into custody after he attempted to flee from the business.
An investigation revealed that Wallace locked the employees in an office, and then a freezer within the building as he attempted to force open a safe. After doing so, Wallace attempted to start a fire in one of the ovens while the employees were unable to free themselves, but he was ultimately unsuccessful. Officers also discovered that Wallace assaulted two employees by kicking them, causing non-life threatening injuries.
Wallace has been charged with five counts of first-degree kidnapping, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of communicating threats, and two counts each of simple assault and injury to personal property.
The matter remains under investigation. If anyone has information concerning Wallace or this incident, they are encouraged to contact APD at 828-252-1110, or Buncombe County Crimestoppers at 828-255-5050.