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Suspect arraigned after gun incident

Former pizza eatery employee facing weapons, burglary, theft charges
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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An ex-Round Table Pizza employee was arraigned today in a North Auburn courtroom on three charges connected with a threats against an Auburn Town Center worker that escalated into a manhunt and closure of the Auburn Town Center. Judge James Dawson retained bail for 23-year-old Brian Michael Scarbrough at $100,000 and put in place protective measures if he does make that amount and is freed. Scarbrough would be required to stay at least 100 yards away from the Auburn Town Center Round Table Pizza eatery and from the residence of a man whose home police allege he broke into to steal a .45 caliber handgun. Scarbrough, of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty through his court-appointed defense attorney to three charges – carrying a concealed weapon, burglary and theft of a firearm. All are felonies. The defendant appeared in court for the first time since his arrest and spent most of the arraignment with his head down. His next appearance is set for March 26. The early morning encounter that sparked the charges involved an incident at Auburn Town Center between Scarbrough and an employee of the Elm Avenue center, police reported after his arrest. Auburn Police said a merchant alleged Scarbrough had displayed but not brandished a gun. That had followed threats to employees at the center. Scarbrough was taken into custody in the vicinity of Auburn Ravine Road and Shockley Road at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and the center was soon open again. The arrest took place in front of an in-home daycare center. The center’s Rebecca Rich said all officers involved did an excellent job “and there was zero disturbances involving the children in my care.”