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Police arrest suspected gunman in Peoria Heights restaurant robbery

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PEORIA HEIGHTS (HOI) - Peoria Heights Police have made an arrest in an armed robbery that happened at a local pizza restaurant.

Police said Franklin Cotton, 43, was arrested at a Peoria Heights residence Friday at about 10:30 a.m.

An employee at Oliver's In The House at 1231 E. Samuel Ave. told police a man with a black handgun entered the business through the front door and demanded money late Wednesday night.

The suspect was seen running westbound after making off with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt.

Police said Cotton faces armed robbery and aggravated assault charges, and he was wanted on a warrant alleging he failed to appear in Marshall County Court.

Howard Packowitz

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