Suspect arrested for overnight Papa John's Pizza robbery

Thoman Blackmon
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Police track down and arrest a suspect accused of robbing a Papa John’s Pizza late Thursday night.

Thomas W. Blackmon, 51, is in the Mesa County Jail on aggravated robbery charges for an incident at the 1310 North Avenue restaurant.

The Papa John’s general manager told Grand Junction Police that around 11 p.m. Thursday, Blackmon walked in from the back of the store, threatening the employees with a knife and a blunt object. He then demanded calmly, “I just want the money,” according to an arrest affidavit.

He forced the manager and another employee into the office, where they gave him an undisclosed amount of cash, the affidavit says.

When he had the money, Blackmon turned and fled through the back door.

Police arrived soon after to establish a perimeter, and officers reported seeing a man matching the suspect’s description running and hiding in the area. Police dogs helped track the man to 1411 Glenwood Avenue, where Blackmon was arrested.

An officer writes in the affidavit that he smelled alcohol on Blackmon’s breath as he was interviewing him.