An investigation into an alleged robbery of two individuals on March 30 led to the arrest of a man linked to the incident Wednesday, and a second suspect was arrested Thursday.
Kory Mason, 25, was identified by the victims after they picked him out of a photo lineup, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Thursday for Mason, and the same victims identified Jarius Wayman, 21, who appeared in court Friday.
Detective William Freeman said in a probable-cause affidavit that the victims told police that one of the individuals involved in the robbery was known on the streets as “Ko,” which is allegedly Mason’s street name, while Wayman was also identified by his street name.
In addition, Freeman said in the affidavit that postings on Facebook showed Mason and another Wayman with several guns and a caption “we hit licks for a living,” which in street slang means pulling a robbery or burglary.
Kizer said the alleged victims told police they had gone to an apartment complex to visit a friend and when they came out, they were approached and robbed by three men with guns. One of the alleged victims told police a Glock .45-caliber handgun was taken from him.
Freeman said in the affidavit that when Mason was interviewed, he allegedly said he and other individuals had gone to the apartment complex to buy drugs and robbed the people who were selling the drugs.
Kizer said in court Friday “this may have been a drug deal gone bad, with the money stolen back from the people who were selling the drugs, as well as the drugs and a gun.”
At Kizer’s request, Jefferson County Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 bond for Mason, who is on parole, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated robbery and theft of property.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Wayman on similar charges.
Mason and Wayman were both ordered to have no contacts with the alleged victims until the case is settled.