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Was An Elected Official Involved in Waffle House Robbery?

Was An Elected Official Involved in Waffle House Robbery?

By The Packet

Sources close to The Packet said an elected city official and member of the Columbus City Council may be under investigation for their involvement in a recent robbery at the Waffle House in Columbus. 

Columbus Police PIO Johannah Owusu confirmed the robbery is “under investigation” but would not provide additional details. 

The official, according to sources, was in the car in which 28-year-old Quavis Shawnterris Betts was a passenger. 

Betts was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery, simple assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest for the June 24 robbery. 

Betts was arrested at the Motel 6 near the Waffle House. 

On the day of the robbery, the Waffle House was only taking orders at the window and the inside was closed.There were about 30 or 40 people on scene that saw what happened. Sources also told the Packet there is video from the Waffle House Cameras.

Columbus Police Chief Joseph Daughtry and the investigators are employees of the Columbus City Council, who have the power to hire and fire chiefs of police along with the officers. 

The last time the Columbus Police investigated a sitting city council member was in November 21 when Councilman Pierre Beard was arrested for domestic violence. Then-Chief Fred Shelton allowed Beard almost 24 hours to turn himself in instead of arresting him. The case was eventually dropped.