PLEASANT HILL -- An armed robber who struck a fast-food restaurant was arrested at gunpoint after officers spotted him about three blocks from the scene of the crime, police said.

Eugene Markell Drake, 29, of Richmond, walked in to the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 635 Contra Costa Blvd. about 8:47 p.m. Friday night, flashed a handgun and demanded cash from employees, according to Pleasant Hill police Sgt. Scott Vermillion.

Drake fled the restaurant on foot, but officers responding to the call spotted him near the intersection of Contra Costa Boulevard and Golf Club Road.

Drake ran, but was caught and arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, police said. Officers found a loaded handgun and cash from the restaurant when they searched him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pleasant Hill Police Department at 925-228-4630.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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