An Augusta man was detained after he allegedly tried to rob an employee of a North Augusta restaurant late on Monday, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

Chauncy Pierre Johnson, 20, of McCauley Street in Augusta, was charged with attempted armed robbery and placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened just before 11 p.m. at the Papa John’s on Edgefield Road, according to an incident report.

An employee told officers he was standing outside the restaurant, taking a smoke break, when an unknown man approached him and asked him for a cigarette.

The victim gave a cigarette to the suspect, who then asked, “Where is the money at?” the report stated.

The victim said he didn’t have any money, and the suspect pulled his jacket back, showing he had a gun in his pants pocket, according to the report. He told the victim to empty his pockets, and the victim said he wasn’t getting any money, according to the report.

The suspect then said, “You must be trying to die,” and the victim responded, “No.”

The suspect turned and walked away, according to the report. The victim re-entered the store and called police, providing a description of the suspect.

A man who had been inside the Papa John’s during the incident followed the suspect to some self storage units on Bradleyville Road, police said. Officers arrived on scene and set up a perimeter.

The suspect was eventually caught and arrested, according to the report. He had taken off his backpack, shirt and pants and thrown them into some bushes at the storage center. The pistol the suspect used was found inside the backpack, according to the report.

The victim was brought from the Papa John’s to identify Johnson as the suspect. Johnson also had an active warrant in Richland County.

Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.