Second man arrested in April robbery


A second suspect was arrested Friday in connection with the robbery of two individuals on April 24.

Jarius Hawkins, 18, was allegedly one of several men who robbed a man and his wife while they were walking from a convenience store on West 28th Avenue at 4:06 a.m. Another suspect, Marquell White, was arrested after the incident.

Deputy Prosecutor Karres Manning said the alleged victim said four black males with guns jumped out of a gray Dodge Charger, punched him in the face, then took his wallet containing $200 and a set of keys.

Detective Steve Rucker said in a probable cause affidavit that police saw a vehicle matching the description of the one that left the scene of the robbery on East Harding Avenue, and when they stopped it, several men fled on foot. The alleged victim’s keys were found in the vehicle.

Manning said the owner of the car tried to report it stolen a short time later, then told police who had been using the vehicle.

After police identified Hawkins as a suspect, he was questioned and told police he had been at home asleep and didn’t know anything about the robbery.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Hawkins on Monday after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated robbery.

The judge also ordered Hawkins to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

Hawkins said he would hire his own attorney.