Restaurant employee followed suspect and directed police to where he was hiding.

On Sunday at approximately 8:20 p.m., the Middletown Police Department was dispatched to an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Sino Garden Chinese restaurant in the Middletown Square Shopping Center.

The female employee said a white man wearing an orange sweatshirt with a bandanna over his face came into the restaurant, showed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect took money and fled.

The victim’s husband, who also works at the restaurant, followed the suspect.

The husband flagged down a police officer who was responding to the robbery and told him where the suspect had gone.

Officers located the suspect who was attempting to hide under a large pine tree.

The stolen money and a BB gun pistol were recovered.

The suspect, Joshua Carey, 20, of Townsend, was charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and wearing a disguise while in the commission of a felony, police said. He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $15,000 secured bond.