Man accused of involvement in convenience store robbery


A man was arrested after an armed robbery in which a woman was shot Wednesday at the Stop and Shop convenience store at 16th Avenue and Cherry Street.

Douglas Porter Jr., 18, allegedly went into the store, took a drink from a cooler, realized he did not have money, returned the drink to the cooler and left the store, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said at a probable cause hearing Friday. Porter met with two other men outside the store, Pugh said. One man was carrying a gun, put on a mask, went into the store and shot employee Denise Gibson, 32, in the hip while yelling, “give me your money,” Pugh said.

Police have not accused Porter of being the shooter and are still looking for the two other individuals involved in the incident, which was record on surveillance video. Pine Bluff Police Officer Jason Boykin wrote in an incident report that the shooting suspect was recorded wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt, dark pants and white shoes.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors have probable cause to charge Porter with aggravated robbery. Kearney set a bond of $100,000 and said the court will appoint an attorney.