The reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the man that robbed a local fast food store and attacked two of the employees with a baseball bat has increased.

A male employee was taking out trash from the Dairy Queen at 69th Street and University Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, February 1st, when a man attacked him with a baseball bat.

According to Lubbock Police, the assailant then went inside and demanded that a female employee give him money from the restaurant. She handed over the money, and the suspect attacked her with the bat as well, even though she offered no resistance.

The woman was taken to University Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

The male employee, Jesse Rios, remains in critical condition at UMC. A fund to help his family cover his medical expenses has been set up at all Lubbock City Bank locations.

Crime Line is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the suspect, up from $2,500 last week.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Line at 741-1000.