Authorities in Milwaukee say a robbery that left a 16-year-old Burger King employee was staged, and she was involved.
Niesha Harris-Brazell was working on the drive-thru window on the night of Jan. 2 when a black Chevy Impala drove up and the driver demanded cash.
The driver leaned in through the restaurant window, aimed a gun at Niesha and ordered her to hurry.
When Niesha turned around to get the money from the cash register, she signaled to her colleagues for help.
One of those employees, Derrick D. Ellis, 34, produced a handgun and fired twice at the robber, who slipped into the driver’s seat and set off empty-handed.
Niesha fell to the floor and told her colleagues she had been shot. She was rushed to hospital and later pronounced dead.
Police say she was shot by her colleague, Ellis, a convicted felon who is now in the wind.
Surveillance video shows Ellis struggling to pick up the used shell casings from the floor after accidentally shooting her colleague. He then handed the weapon to a store manager, who stored it in the restaurant’s safe.
Prosecutors filed a charge of murder and possession of a weapon against Ellis last week. Yahoo News reported. He’s still on the run.
Police later arrested the driver of the Impala, Antoine Edwards (pictured), and charged him with murder, knowingly contributing to a child’s crime resulting in death, and a criminal’s possession of a firearm.
Meanwhile, Niesha’s family created one GoFundMe account to raise $ 5,000 for her funeral expenses. The account raised over $ 40,000 before being closed by GoFundMe after the case took a bizarre turn.
According to court documents, investigators say Edwards is the father of Burger King employee Mariah Edwards, who was working with Niesha at the time of the robbery.
Mariah told investigators that the fake robbery was staged with the help of her father and Niesha. She said Ellis was not involved in the robbery.
Mariah confessed that the robbery was planned at a time when the Burger King registry was expected to be filled with cash.
Dog Antoine Edwards told police his daughter was not involved and that Niesha was his only accomplice. He is being held on $ 100,000 bail.
Niesha’s mother, Liceal Brazell, dismissed allegations that her daughter was involved in the staging of the robbery.
She told FOX6, “It makes me really angry, it makes me angry. You told so many different lies, now you’re going to tell more lies. It will not help you. It will not help your father.”
GoFundMe has frozen the more than $ 40,592 raised for Niesha’s funeral expenses.
A message on the account reads:
“This fundraiser no longer accepts donations. If you are the organizer, recipient, team member or donor, please log in to see more information.”
GoFundMe prohibits raising money for persons involved in criminal activity. If it is established that Niesha was complicit in the robbery, the money will be refunded to the donors.