Employee of convenience store linked to robbery

An employee of a convenience store in Pine Bluff was arrested early Thursday morning after an investigation into the store’s robbery Tuesday.

Quentin Benson, 28, reportedly held the door open for two men who robbed the Speedway at 1420 S. Cherry St. Tuesday night, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Thursday.

Detective Michael Roberts reported that two black males wearing bandannas and gloves entered the store and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.

Kizer said surveillance video from the store indicated that Benson was possibly involved in the robbery, and when he was questioned, admitted that he had been asked to hold the door by one of the two suspects, who he knew only by a street name.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $100,000 bond for Benson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being an accessory to aggravated robbery.

Kearney told Benson, who said he would hire his own attorney, to come back to court June 21 at 9 a.m.