Man accused of trying to rob convenience store

A $100,000 bond was set Friday for a man accused of trying to rob a convenience store Wednesday.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Paul Weeks, 19, with aggravated robbery.

Weeks allegedly took a tire iron wrapped in a shirt into the S.O.S. Convenience Store at 2010 Ridgway Road, and demanded that the clerk turn on the gas pumps, Deputy Prosecutor Rik Ramsey said during a court hearing for Weeks Friday.

Detective Sgt. Brett Talley said in a probable cause affidavit that Weeks went around the counter and struggled with the clerk, who pulled a gun and hit Weeks several times in the head before Weeks left the store in a vehicle.

According to the affidavit, another store in the same area — Town and Country — reported a gas drive-off and the vehicle and suspect description matched Weeks and the vehicle in which he had left the other store. That description included the fact that Weeks had two black eyes.

On Thursday, Weeks was arrested by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy on an outstanding warrant from Cleveland County, and because his description matched that of the man who had tried to rob the convenience store, he was questioned by detectives and arrested on the allegation.

Weeks allegedly told police he needed gas for his vehicle but didn’t have money to pay for it.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Weeks, and he was told to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.