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Arrest puts armed-robbery spree to end, Henderson Police say

Brandon Sprout

Brandon Sprout

A 42-year-old Henderson man is in custody, accused of armed robbery at four businesses over a three-week period.

Brandon Sprout, 42, was arrested Friday at the Palm Villas apartments, 650 Whitney Ranch Drive, the Henderson Police Department reported today in a news release.

During a spree that began last month, police said Sprout robbed four businesses: a Metro Pizza on Dec. 13, a Rebel Oil on Dec. 21, a Target on Dec. 27 and a Walgreens on Jan. 3.

His arrest came Friday after a foiled robbery attempt, police said.

According to police, about 2 p.m. Friday Sprout tried to rob a Target store in Henderson, but he fled when the store’s loss-prevention staff confronted him. An off-duty Metro Police officer followed Sprout to Palm Villas apartments and called police.

Responding Henderson patrol officers took Sprout into custody.

A search warrant allowed detectives to collect evidence that linked Sprout to the earlier robberies, police said.

In each of the robberies, police said, Sprout approached an employee, demanded cash from the register and threatened the employee with a knife. In two instances, Sprout made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, but he left empty-handed in the other two, police said. No one was injured during any of the robberies.

Police continue to investigate and urge anyone with information about any of the robberies to call Henderson Police at 267-4793 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Sprout, who is scheduled to be in court Tuesday, remains in the Henderson Detention Center with bond set at $150,000.

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