Hold-up alarm at liquor store leads to arrest

Pine Bluff police responding to a hold-up alarm at a liquor store in the downtown area Tuesday night arrested a man who had allegedly tried to leave without paying for a bottle of liquor and hit two employees in the head with the bottle.

During a court hearing Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said Dominick Whiteside, 27, tried to pay for the liquor with a credit card that was no good before trying to get out of the store.

The incident occurred at 10:04 p.m. at K-C Wine and Spirits at 320 W. Barraque St. Detective James Huff said in a probable-cause affidavit that when officers arrived, they saw three men in the store, and a broken bottle of liquor on the floor. The store owner had tripped the alarm and then locked the door from the inside, preventing Whiteside from leaving.

Whiteside allegedly hit both employees in the head with the bottle and fought with one of them, and police reported seeing abrasions on the head of one employee and scratches on the head and arms of the other.

Gieringer said that when Whiteside was arrested, he told police he had left his small child alone at a nearby motel but when officers checked, they could not find anyone.

At her request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Whiteside after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, second-degree battery and criminal mischief.

Kearney also ordered Whiteside to have no contact with the two employees and to stay out of the store until the case is settled.