FIRST ON WITN: Papa John's Would Be Robber Identified

Police have now identified the man they say tried robbing a Papa John's restaurant with a BB gun.

Winterville Police arrested 21-year-old Graham Rouse of Ayden and booked him in the Pitt County Detention Center at 10:50 Wednesday night.

Jailers said Rouse is charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun, and simple assault.

Investigators said Rouse walked into the Papa John's on West Fire Tower Road in Winterville with a gun tried to rob the place, but was subdued by an employee and put in a headlock until police got there to arrest him.

The employee has been identified as John Taylor, who has worked at the business for a couple of years, according to the manager.

The gun turned out to be a BB gun.

Rouse is set to make his first appearance in a Pitt County courtroom Thursday morning.


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An armed robbery suspect got more than he bargained for when authorities say he tried to rob the Papa John's on West Fire Tower Road in Winterville.

Police say a man walked in with a gun attempting to rob the place, but was subdued by an employee and put in a headlock until police got there to arrest him.

The gun turned out to be a BB gun.

The suspect is charged with armed robbery and assaulting an employee.

No customers were inside when it happened around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday night.

We'll continue to update the story as we get more information.