Police arrest three in alleged liquor store robbery

Three people, including two juveniles, were arrested Tuesday after they allegedly robbed Oak Park Liquor at 3108 W. 28th Ave. at gunpoint.

Tyron Adams, 19; Rashad Harris, 17; and Kyle Kelley, 17, were arrested while police were searching the area following the robbery at 9:35 p.m. The juveniles are being charged as adults.

Reading from a probable cause affidavit from Detective Temmiothy Johnson, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said an employee at the store told police two males, “one armed with a big black gun,” came into the store and demanded money. The clerk opened the cash register, gave the suspects money and they left running toward the back of the building.

Gieringer said during a search of the area, police located Adams, Harris and a third man behind a house on Howard Drive where they were allegedly trying to conceal something. All three allegedly ran but were taken into custody after a chase, and one of them, Marcus Pugh, was initially arrested but has since been released.

Johnson said in the affidavit that Harris’ mother was contacted and was present when he was interviewed. Harris allegedly said he held the door of the liquor store while Adams robbed the business carrying an AK-47 assault rifle.

Gieringer said Harris was also wearing the same clothing as one of the suspects who were recorded on store surveillance video.

Johnson said Kelley was located later and when he was interviewed with his mother, Kelley allegedly said he acting as the lookout at the side of the building while Adams robbed the business. Kelley’s clothing also matched that of one of the suspects on the surveillance tape.

Gieringer said Harris and Kelley had no prior records because they were juveniles but Adams has pending charges of residential burglary, theft of property and fleeing on foot that were filed in May.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $100,000 bond for Adams and $50,000 bonds for Harris and Kelley after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with aggravated robbery and theft of property.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent all three.