Bibb County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies responded to a Commercial Armed Robbery at the Waffle House located at 6230 Zebulon Road at around 8:45 p.m. last night. It was reported that a black male entered the Waffle House Restaurant with a blue t-shirt covering his face. He was also wearing a white t-shirt and bluejean pants over plaid boxers. He ran from the front door leaping over the front counter wielding a black handgun. The suspect forced a waitress off of the floor at gunpoint and made her open the cash register. He also pointed the gun at others inside the restaurant. He took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register and fled the restaurant on foot.


An employee of the Waffle House ran over to the McDonalds Restaurant where she saw an off duty Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy. She told the deputy, Sergeant Thomas the Waffle House had just been robbed. Sergeant Thomas was given a description of the suspect and immediately started looking for the suspect while notifying the Macon-Bibb 911 Center of the incident. He saw the suspect enter the Circle K Convenience Store across the street from the Waffle House. While waiting for back up from other deputies responding to the location, Sgt. Thomas kept surveillance on the suspect.  As the suspect exited the store and began walking in a direction behind the Circle K Store he was apprehended by Bibb Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies.


The suspect was identified as 27 year old Ricarlos Santrell Butler of Macon. Butler was transported to the Bibb Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a probation violation. Butler was transported to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Complex and booked on the charges. No bond has been set.



This incident is currently under investigation. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-751 -7500 and ask to leave a message for the on-call investigator or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.