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Police arrest man who attempted armed robbery using an air gun

The Daily Courier

Prescott Valley Police arrested a man who allegedly used an air gun when he tried to rob a man he followed from a convenience store.

Police say that on Oct. 5 they received a call at 9:43 p.m., reporting an armed robbery. The victim said he walked to the Circle K on Robert Road to buy cigarettes, and two men outside the convenience store asked him for money. He said he had none, and began to walk home to his apartment in the 3000 block of Tani Road.

The victim noticed the pair from the gas station following him, and shortly before he reached his home they confronted him. One of them, a man the victim later identified as Robert Evitts, brandished what appeared to be a handgun and demanded the victim give up his money.

The victim said he had no wallet and no money.

Evitts allegedly pointed the gun at the victim's knees, and threatened to shoot his kneecaps if he did not give up his money. The victim reiterated that he had no money, and told Evitts to go ahead and shoot, then turned and went into his apartment, according to the report.

After receiving the victim's report, Prescott Valley Police searched the area and found Evitts within a matter of hours. Police interviewed a friend of Evitts who said Evitts was bragging about trying to rob a man with an air gun. The victim identified Evitts as the man who pointed the gun at him. Evitts allegedly said that the air gun would not look realistic under normal conditions, but in the dark it could pass for a legitimate firearm.

Police were unable to find the second person, who accompanied Evitts, as of press time. Police booked Evitts on charges of armed robbery and took him to Yavapai County Jail.