Investigators said it started with a carjacking before the 20-year-old suspect committed a number of armed robberies across Tennessee, hitting several fast-food restaurants off of Interstate 40.
Surveillance video showed the suspect placing an order before getting out of the car with a shotgun pointed at the drive-thru employee.
The suspect entered a cash register code before taking off with the money in a matter of seconds.
According to the indictment and court records, on June 24, 2021, Pitts flagged down a driver in Memphis and asked him for a ride. Pitts later pulled a knife and threatened to kill the man, forcing him from the car and driving away.
On June 27, 2021, Pitts approached a woman in a church parking lot in Huntsville, pointed a “long gun” at her and stole her Lexus SUV. Later that same day, Pitts went into a Subway in Fairview, Tennessee with the “long gun,” robbing the store of all the money in the cash register. He then took off again in the stolen Lexus SUV.
About 45 minutes later, Pitts approached the drive-thru window of a McDonald’s in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, pointing a shotgun at the drive-thru worker. Pitts then reached through the window and took the cash out of the register.
Within the next hour, the indictment says Pitts robbed another McDonald’s on Highway 22 North in Henderson County, Tennessee, using the same method at the drive-thru window – still driving the stolen Lexus.
Shortly after that robbery, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Madison County Sheriff’s deputies started chasing Pitts in the Lexus, eventually ramming and immobilizing the vehicle before taking Pitts into custody.
If convicted, Pitts faces a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison on each count of brandishing a firearm, and up to life in prison.