Covington Police Department detectives have made an arrest in the armed robbery of Long John Silver’s restaurant on April 14.
Justin Lee James, 26, was roused from his sleep after tips from someone close to him led to the information needed to arrest and charge him in the case.
James reportedly came into the store around 6:50 p.m. and spoke with the employee up front about food items, according to CPD Detective D.J. Seals. The man then turned around as if he were going to leave but quickly turned back, facing the employees. He reportedly had his hand under his shirt as if he were clutching a gun. According to Seals, the man told the startled employees to give him "everything in the drawer" and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was also caught on video surveillance.
When presented with the evidence against him, James reportedly offered detectives a full confession. He was transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with armed robbery. Although he did not have a weapon, the charge stems from the perception of a weapon. James allegedly made a gun with his finger under his shirt and can be charged as if he had a weapon.