Golden Corral employees held during robbery

Staff report

Two men were arrested for holding employees hostage during a robbery at Golden Corral in Union Township April 13.

Union Township police responded to a report of a hold-up alarm at approximately 11:50 p.m. at the Golden Corral, located at 4394 Glen Este-Withamsville Road.

According to a release from Union Township Police Lieutenant Scott Gaviglia, police arrived to find an employee who told them that a robbery was taking place.

“Other officers were already en-route to the call due to its nature and the fact that other robberies have occurred in other jurisdictions at the same and similar restaurants,” Gaviglia said in the release.

Responding officers set up a perimeter as officers inside were preparing to confront the suspects in the store.

According to the release, officers approached the suspects who ran out the back door and were confronted by Union Township police officers.

“The suspects were armed when they were confronted by police and were taken into custody at gun point,” Gaviglia said in the release. “The suspects surrendered without incident, there were no injuries.”

Police found Golden Coral employees zip tied in the restaurant. The employees were immediately freed and were not injured.

Kenneth Chipemba, 37, of Springboro and Kabinga Kwambana, 22, of Cincinnati, were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping charges, both first-degree felonies.

Chipemba and Kwambana remain at Clermont County Jail.

They are both scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. April 23 at Clermont County Municipal Court in front of Judge Anthony Brock.

Gaviglia said in the release that other local jurisdictions have been notified of the incident, methods of operation of the robbery, and other similar offenses in the Great-Cincinnati area.