Woman accused of smashing up metro Taco Bell has been charged

Zette Lea Madden, 52, was arrested Jan. 30 in Oklahoma City on complaints of robbery in the first degree, robbery with a dangerous weapon and malicious injury and destruction of property. (Oklahoma County Jail)

A woman accused of smashing up a metro Taco Bell with a tire iron has been charged.

Oklahoma County court records show that on Feb. 5 Zette Lea Madden, 52, has been charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and malicious injury and destruction of property.

Just before 8 a.m. Jan. 30, police received a call that a woman was breaking windows and chasing employees with a tire iron at Taco Bell, 2608 S. I-35 Service Road.

An employee told police that Madden had approached the business on foot and used a tire iron to smash the drive-thru menu display. The woman then broke out the drive-thru window with the tool before breaking the glass on both entry doors and entering the business.

Employees stated that Madden came behind the counter and destroyed the cash registers while telling them to give her money. When officers arrived on scene they found Madden inside the business holding the tire iron. She allegedly began thrusting the tool in "short, stabbing motions" when the officer told her to drop the item.

The officer began to fear for the safety of the employees still inside the business and deployed his taser, subduing the woman. She was then taken into custody.

Employees reportedly told police that Madden lives in a vehicle behind a nearby club and that they had trouble with her stealing soda from the fountain in the past.

Police have released 911 calls that describe the chaos during the incident.

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