A 26-year-old Illinois man has been arrested and appeared before a judge Wednesday in Lincoln for his alleged involvement in an armed robbery during a dice game in February that ended with a man shot in the leg.
Prosecutors charged Desmond C. Pruitt, of East St. Louis, Illinois, with robbery and use of a firearm to commit a felony. He was arrested in Rock Port, Missouri, and brought to the Lancaster County jail on Tuesday night.
Police believe Pruitt and another man, who he called his brother, brought guns to a dice game at a University Place house Feb. 8.
Police say the other man held a gun to the neck of one of the gamblers and demanded money, then shot him in the leg, and that Pruitt also pulled out a gun, firing a single shot that didn't hit anyone.
The pair left with $2,500 and an iPhone, an investigator said in the affidavit for Pruitt's arrest.
Pruitt's bond was set at $250,000. He is believed to be the only person charged so far in the case.
If convicted, he faces up to 100 years in prison. The gun charge alone carries a mandatory minimum of five years.