Police seek suspect in EZ Mart shooting in NLR; 2 arrested Friday


North Little Rock police issued an alert for a murder suspect in the shooting death of an EZ Mart clerk last weekend. Two suspects were arrested Friday.

An alert issued Friday afternoon by Pine Bluff dispatchers said authorities were to be on the look out for

Macklin Rodgers, 20, of Jacksonville. Rodgers is wanted by North Little Rock police in connection with aggravated robbery and homicide in the EZ Mart shooting Sept. 22.

Rodgers is described as black, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with brown eyes and black hair. The letter “G” is tatooed on one forearm and the letter “D” on the other. If Rodgers is seen, contact the North Little Rock police at (501) 758-1234.

Meanwhile, police arrested two people Friday in the EZ Mart death at North Little Rock, officials said.

Jacobi Robinson, 20, of Jacksonville, faces charges of capital murder and aggravated robbery. Davion Howard, 19, who was arrested in Texarkana, also faces charges of capital murder and aggravated robbery.

Police added that Howard has reportedly been connected to an aggravated robbery in Jacksonville on Sept. 21.

Although officials have speculated about whether the North Little Rock shooting suspects were involved in the convenience store shooting death in Pine Bluff Tuesday, nothing has been established to link the two cases but police are still looking into the possibility, Pine Bluff police spokeswoman JoAnn Bates said Friday.

Pine Bluff Police Capt. Greg Shapiro said Thursday several tips had been received following the shooting death of a store clerk at the Big Red Food Mart at 2401 E. 6th Ave. Tuesday night.

Mohammad Islam, 26, was pronounced at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body at 9:25 p.m. after police found him following a call about a possible shooting.

Shapiro said detectives are following up on all the leads they have received and are also talking with police in North Little Rock where a clerk at a convenience store there was shot and killed during a robbery Saturday night.