Police arrest suspect in Long John Silver’s robbery Sunday


A $25,000 cash-only bond was set Monday for a man who allegedly robbed Long John Silver’s on Main Street at gunpoint Sunday.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Rodney Evans, 24, with aggravated robbery.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Evans told police he “had been suspended from the business and was having money problems.”

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Roger Gray, employees of the restaurant told police a black male wearing a white mask and a hoodie and armed with a gun walked in and demanded money, then left through the back door.

Police in the area located Evans, who was walking on West 13th Avenue, and found a backpack containing a gun, Pugh said.

Evans allegedly told police he had dumped the mask and hoodie in a trash container at West 13th Avenue and Chestnut Street. Gray said officers were able to locate both items. Evans also allegedly said he had taken a BB gun that looked like a Glock semi-automatic pistol to rob the business.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney ordered Evans to have no contact with the store or any of its employees.

Evans said he would hire his own attorney.