Former restaurant employee arrested after alleged robbery attempt


A report that a man had pointed a gun at an employee of Charro’s on South Olive Street and intended to rob the business resulted in the arrest of a former employee.

Davonte Clark, 18, worked at the business for one day, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a court hearing Monday for Clark.

Detective Jacqueline Stevenson said in a probable cause affidavit that the incident was reported at 9 p.m. Friday, when police were sent to the restaurant in response to the reported robbery. Stevenson said she was at West 28th Avenue and Olive Street and when she arrived, was told that the employee had gone outside to empty the trash when a man the employee knew as Clark pointed a gun at him.

Achorn said the employee, who is a juvenile, said Clark told him “I got nine shots in this [expletive] so don’t play with me. Take me to your boss.”

Stevenson said in the affidavit the employee told Clark that everyone would know him and Clark again allegedly said “don’t play with me.”

Achorn said the employee went to the back door, pushed the trash can inside, went inside himself, then slammed the door and locked it before Clark was able to get in behind him.

Clark was booked in at the adult detention center on probable cause of attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated assault but at Achorn’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney amended those charges to aggravated assault and terroristic threatening and set a bond of $50,000.

In addition, Clark was ordered to have no contact with any employee of the business and was banned from it.

Clark said he would hire his own attorney.