A 37-year-old Topeka man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on an aggravated robbery charge after he allegedly robbed a waitress and demanded money at a local restaurant.
Lawrence police Lt. Ed Brunt said the man entered Applebees Restaurant, 2520 Iowa, at 1:16 p.m. and told two waitresses he was carrying a .45-caliber handgun. He demanded cash.
The waitresses said they were not able to retrieve money from a register. Brunt said the man then demanded money from one of the waitresses, who reportedly gave him $132 in cash.
After taking the waitress' cash, the man fled. No weapon was displayed and no injuries were reported.
The man was arrested about 1:30 p.m. while driving near North Third and Lincoln. Officers noticed the man's car because the driver appeared to be lost.
A 41-year-old Topeka man who was a passenger in the car also was arrested on outstanding warrants for petty larceny and a parole violation.
Both men were being held today without bond in the Douglas County Jail. A second passenger also in the car at the time of the arrest was questioned and released, Brunt said.
Brunt said police aren't considering the 37-year-old man as a suspect in armed robberies July 6 at Wehner's Retail Liquor, 945 E. 23rd, and July 5 at Godfather's Pizza, 711 W. 23rd.