Man arrested for pizza store robbery

Just under three hours after a late-night robbery at Papa John’s Pizza on Washington Boulevard, city police nabbed the man they allege committed the holdup.

Andre Darnell Evans, 39, of 145 East St., was taken into custody for questioning as his was walking in the 600 block of Cherry Street about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Patrolman Jordan Stoltzfus.

The man had on clothing very similar to what the pizza shop female employee said the suspect was wearing when the robbery occurred about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The suspect walked into the business at 1100 Washington Blvd. and began to place an order, but his tone changed very quickly Stoltzfus said.

Keeping one hand hidden inside his shirt, the man demanded of the clerk: “Give me all the money or I will shoot you,” the officer stated in an affidavit.

The shaken clerk opened the register and emptied the cash drawer, handing the robber all the bills, Stoltzfus said.

Although she never saw the gun, the employee told police she “was scared because she thought the man had one,” Stoltzfus said.

After Evans was brought to police headquarters, officers obtained and reviewed store video that recorded the robbery.

“The man in the video was wearing the exact same clothes as Evans. The employee said the robber was wearing a red thermal long-sleeved T-shirt and black shorts,” Stoltzfus said, adding that Evans had on the same clothing.

Evans also was wearing black and white sneakers, as was the man seen in the video, the officer said.

Evans was arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and simple assault.

He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.