Man charged after Chick-fil-A, taqueria robbed


Mohammed Abu-Obeid

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man who was accused of robbing an East Memphis Chick-fil-A and a Summer Avenue taqueria is now in jail.

Mohammed Abu-Obeid, 20, is charged with aggravated robbery and faces several theft charges.

Police said he entered Taqueria Tierra Caliente at 3967 Summer Avenue on Monday and robbed the restaurant at gunpoint.

Then on Wednesday, police said he robbed the Chick-fil-A at 4916 Poplar Avenue in East Memphis, displaying a handgun at the drive-thru and taking money from the register. These aren't the first incidents to give Abu-Obeid a run-in with the law.

Court records show he’s accused of doing this very same thing at several other businesses since January, causing some to wonder how he keeps getting out.

It didn’t take Shelby County deputies very long to arrest Abu-Obeid.

The court affidavit shows he told the Chick-fil-A cashier, “Hey, I don’t want to hurt you,” as he pointed a gun at her. Records show he got away with $600 with the whole thing caught on camera.

Hannah Gorham works next door and was shocked to walk over and see the chaotic scene.

"Just pretty bold actually to be in a car and not have any advantage," Gorham said. "And to rob someone in a chick fil a parking lot is just kind of unheard of."

A closer look into Abu-Obeid's criminal history shows this is the not the first time he’s been charged with a similar crime. In Shelby County, there are a half dozen affidavits accusing him of theft and even assault.

One from January shows a family member accused him of stealing from their home and pawning the items.

WREG went by the last address for him, but no one inside wanted to talk, saying they’ve cut ties with him.

Another affidavit from February says he stole an iPhone from a Boost Mobile and then drug an employee 200 feet with his car when they tried to get it back.

These incidents show a concerning pattern of behavior for people like Gotham who fear he won’t stop.

“Scared actually at the fact that he’s gotten away with this before, and the fact that it could happen again," she said. "Any one of us could be at risk if he does hit the same area.”

She’s hopeful he won’t have another opportunity to strike.

“I think it should be a higher bond, and he should not be able to get out and keep doing this," she said.

Abu-Obeid was granted a $250 bond on the new charges.

He's due back in court Monday.


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