In the process of attempting to rob a Denison Little Caesars Pizza, a male suspect allegedly struck an employee on the head with a gun then fled the scene Saturday night. The suspect was then arrested about an hour and half after the crime occurred.

At about 10:20 p.m., Denison Police responded to a robbery call from Little Caesars at 1431 W. Morton Street. An employee told police that a man entered the store after it was closed and brandished a handgun. Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler said there were two employees inside at the time, and the suspect entered the store through the back door that was left cracked open. The suspect waved the gun at the employee and gave instructions, Eppler said.

“The suspect told him to go to the front of the store, and the employee refused,” Eppler said. “So they got into kind of a physical struggle, and that’s when he struck him with the butt of the gun on the head.”

The employee was not seriously injured, and the suspect then fled from the store using the back door. Eppler said the suspect did not take anything.

At approximately 11:47 p.m., an officer saw a man matching the description of the suspect. Eppler said the man was about a block away from the attempted robbery location, and police were able to confirm the man was the suspect.

“He tussled with the officers, tried to kick the officers a little bit, so that’s where the resisting arrest charge came from,” Eppler said.

Police arrested the 36-year-old Denison man for aggravated robbery and resisting arrest, and he was booked into the Grayson County Jail. His bond was set at a total of $32,500.

A Denison Police news release notes that a Sherman Police K-9 officer and three Grayson County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted with the investigation. Eppler noted that police also recovered the firearm the suspect allegedly used.

Unless it’s life and death scenario — where a person’s life in impending danger — Eppler said police do not encourage people to resist criminals.

“We don’t recommend people to resist like that,” Eppler said. “If they ask for money or something, we certainly encourage them just to give them what they’re asking for.”