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Man convicted of Pizza Hut robbery in Bowie

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Temple Hills man was found guilty in federal court Tuesday of an armed robbery at a Pizza Hut in Bowie, Md.

Gary Hancock Jr., 37, was convicted of robbery, brandishing a firearm during the robbery and being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition in connection to the May 2013 robbery.

According to federal prosecutors, Hancock robbed the Pizza Hut on the 1200 block of Crain Highway in Bowie. They say he entered the store, pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded a safe be opened.

When the employee said he could not open the safe, prosecutors say Hancock demanded money from the cash register. The employee gave him the money and Hancock fled the store on a motorcycle.

A Bowie police officer was on patrol outside the police department during the robbery, and was alerted about it by a witness. After a short pursuit with officers, Hancock crashed his motorcycle and was arrested.

Prosecutors say Hancock had previously been convicted of multiple felonies and was prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Hancock faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for the charges when he's sentenced August, 11.