Michael Smothers GateHouse Media Illinois

Feb 13, 2020 at 3:43 PM Feb 13, 2020 at 6:03 PM

PEKIN — Two years ago a man robbed a Pekin Subway restaurant, then apparently changed his clothes for his getaway. They provided the evidence for a grand jury to indict him Thursday.

Anson Light, 39, of Pekin, disappeared shortly after he allegedly took $320 from the North Eighth Street sandwich shop in January 2018 while indicating to a clerk that he had a handgun or other weapon in his pocket, court records stated.

Police found him two weeks ago, and he’s remained in custody on an aggravated robbery charge punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Light wore a ski mask and a jacket with reflective stripes when he entered the shop on Jan. 16 that year, court records stated. Putting his hand in his pocket, he told the clerk he didn’t want to hurt her as he demanded a bagful of bills from the cash register.

After the robber fled, a police officer encountered and Light and arrested him on an outstanding warrant on a misdemeanor charge. A day later, a man who lived near the shop found a jacket and mask that matched the robber’s, along with a pair of jeans, in his backyard.

Last July the Illinois State Crime Lab in Morton determined that DNA found on the clothing matched with Light, court records stated. The records did not state whether the stolen money was recovered.

Light is next due in court on Feb. 20.