Lincoln City Police interrupted a robbery at the Lincoln City Dairy Queen late Sunday evening. It started with a phone call to Lincoln City Police from the wife of the owner of the Dairy Queen at Highway 101 and 22nd. The caller said her husband was overdue to come back home after closing time.
Lincoln City Police Sergeant Randy Weaver was first on scene at the restaurant and quickly sized up the situation – a scene that looked unusual to him. Weaver shined a light into the restaurant which prompted someone to scurry around toward the back of the restaurant. Weaver followed the shadowy figure toward the rear. Weaver quickly figured something was wrong, spotting what looked like two people, one holding the other hostage – almost like the hostage was a shield against the Weaver’s flashlight.
Weaver called for backup and two other officers were on scene very quickly. The officers got inside and subdued Martin Chase, 27, someone “well known” to Lincoln City Police. They freed the owner who suffered an injury at some point in the robbery. He was transported to North Lincoln Hospital for treatment of a head wound and then released.
Chase was transported to the Lincoln County Jail in Newport where he was booked for Robbery, Assault, Kidnapping, Theft, Auto Theft and Criminal Mischief. His bail was set at nearly a half-million dollars.