A 21-year-old Rockford man, a waiter and a cashier each played a role in thwarting a robbery at the Denny's Restaurant on Monday night, according to the Madison Police Department.
Police said Kevin Simer, 44, of Madison, came into the restaurant on the 1700 block of Thierer Road at about 9 p.m. asking for change. He gave the cashier $2 and asked for quarters, but when the cashier opened the drawer, Simer reached in and grabbed a handful of cash, police said.
The woman closed the drawer on her fingers, then Simer pushed her and she screamed, according to the police report. A waiter heard the cries and tried to grab Simer, but his jacket ripped and Simer was able to get outside, the report said. They said the Rockford man followed Simer and tackled him, then the two got up and he tackled him again as police arrived.
Simer faces charges of strong-armed robbery and battery, police said.
Police said Simer was stealing money to pay for a cocaine habit.