Police arrest robbery suspect


An investigation into the alleged robbery of an individual on Dec. 1 led to the arrest of a man who allegedly took cash from another man at gunpoint.

Mark Sykes, 24, was identified by the alleged victim from a photo line-up, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Monday for Sykes.

Detective James Huff said in a probable cause affidavit the alleged victim told police he was approached by a man he later identified as Sykes while he was at a store, and Sykes allegedly offered to sell him a television and stand.

Kizer said the alleged victim told Sykes he was interested and followed Sykes to another location where Sykes and an unidentified second person pointed guns at him and took $460 cash before telling him to leave.

Huff said he put out a BOLO (be on the lookout) for Sykes following the incident and he was arrested Friday at a house in the 2600 block of West 30th Avenue.

Sykes denied any involvement when he was questioned.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Sykes after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated robbery.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Sykes.