Tara Plaza robbery first Papio shooting in 13 months

Police are looking for two men who robbed the Radio Shack in Papillion and Little Caesars Pizza in Ralston, shooting a man at Radio Shack and assaulting another at Little Caesars.


An employee was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in serious condition after he was shot in the thigh during an armed robbery at a Radio Shack store in Papillion.

The incident occurred about 8:20 p.m. Jan. 8 at 802 Tara Plaza, just east of 84th Street.

The 18-year-old was one of two employees in the store when between two and four men — all wearing masks and dressed in black — entered and demanded cash and other items, said Papillion Police Chief Leonard Houloose.

Houloose said the shooting victim was expected to make a full recovery.

There were no customers in the store at the time of the robbery. No one else was injured.

As of Monday, police said they have no plans to release the victim's name to respect his privacy.

The last shooting in Papillion occurred November 2010, said Papillion Police Lt. Chris Whitted.

After viewing surveillance video, law enforcement officials linked the shooting to a robbery, which occurred 15 minutes earlier at a Little Caesars Pizza in Ralston.

Two men — at least one armed with a gun — attempted to rob the business.

Both suspects fled the store and headed westbound, police said.

Tony Taylor, 49, was pistol-whipped after he tackled a suspect in an attempt to thwart an armed robbery at the restaurant, 8208 Harrison St., Ralston police said.

“I just reacted,” Taylor said. “I'm tired of hearing about this kind of stuff and these punks doing this. It happens all the time.”

Taylor, who lives in Ralston, sat waiting for a pizza at the restaurant when two men — at least one armed with a gun — attempted to rob the business. Both suspects fled the store and headed westbound, police said.

“I did what I felt was necessary,” Taylor said.

Taylor was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center with cuts to his head. His injuries weren't considered life threatening.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to contact authorities.

Report tips to the Sarpy County Crime Stoppers at 402-592-STOP or the Ralston Police Department at 402-331-1786.

Persons with information, which lead to identification of suspects or an arrest may receive a cash reward and can remain anonymous.

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