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Three arrested in LR home-invasion robbery

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published December 12, 2012 at 10:29 a.m. Updated December 12, 2012 at 2:22 p.m.


Left to right, Wilbert Champ, 23, Alexander Higgins, 22, and Luke Patton, 20, are seen in these mug shots released Wednesday by the Pulaski County jail.

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— Authorities say three men have been arrested in a home-invasion robbery last week at a residence in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood.

Little Rock Police Department Sgt. Cassandra Davis said in an e-mail that Alexander Higgins, 22, Luke Patton, 20, and Wilbert Champ, 23, each face charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated residential burglary and theft of property. Police say all three have confessed.

The three were developed as suspects after the Thursday robbery at 3808 Oakwood Road. The resident there told police she was asleep when she heard banging noises and was then confronted by a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun.

The woman was held at gunpoint while the robbers took jewelry, electronics and other items.

Higgins was arrested at Tuesday at 1500 Buchanan St. Patton was arrested Tuesday at 1015 Barber St. Champ was already in the Pulaski County jail on another case.

According to an arrest report, police recovered a television taken during the robbery from Patton's residence and a mask worn by one of the robbers from his car.

Davis said investigators don't know if any of the three were involved in a second recent home invasion robbery on Palm Street at a house roughly a mile from the one on Oakwood.

"We are still looking into if there is any connection between the two incidents," she said in an email.

Jail records show Champ was arrested Saturday on other charges including two counts of breaking and entering.


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LR1955 says... December 12, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.

I think these are the same 3 that also robbed a homeowner on Palm a few days earlier/later. I sure hope they can get SOME jail time. People in LR are friggin' tired of this kind of criminal and are stocking up on CCL's and the associated equipment. I've read that some neighborhoods are going beyond the "watch" and organizing patrols.

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SUPERDUTY says... December 12, 2012 at 12:13 p.m.

Is it just me, or do all of these crimes appear to be committed by black men? I mean, that's all I see in the newspaper and on the evening news. Just wonderin'.

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djaye says... December 12, 2012 at 12:21 p.m.

Thugs! Too bad she wasn't the one with the sawed off shotgun... She could have taken care of the problem herself. What gives these people the right to think they are allowed to take stuff that doesn't belong to them? I hope they all rot in jail!

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Jackabbott says... December 12, 2012 at 12:54 p.m.

Stiff sentences need to be given to thugs like this. LR and NLR are becoming havens for the young and lawless. This current crime wave is getting out of control.

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NOTAGAIN says... December 12, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Way to go LRPD!!!!! Now, just don't let them out to do it again.

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Libertarian says... December 12, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Good job LRPD. Unfortunately, there's 6 just waiting to take these 3's places on the criminal food chain.

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DoWhat says... December 12, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Next article....Mom comes on TV and says her babies wouldn't do anything like this and that they are innocent....

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LevyRat says... December 12, 2012 at 1:07 p.m.

It is George Bush's fault.

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jetjohn says... December 12, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.

How about getting a job you creeps!!!! All you KNOW is stealing from other people!!! I wish the woman had been armed, she could have taken you down one at a time! LR and NLR are getting sick and tired of these criminals. Arm yourselves people!!! These thugs will be out of jail in a few days, just to do it all over again!

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TheBatt says... December 12, 2012 at 3:42 p.m.

If our "legal justice system" was what it name implies, then our crime rates would be lower. REAL sentencing, to REAL punishment (what they use to call "hard time") would make a difference.

Unfortunately, thugs like this receive little more than a slap on the wrist. And some in the media and law enforcement wonder why citizens get so upset. Maybe if more citizens were well-armed and prepared for such situations, then citizens could lower the crime rate - one body bag at a time.

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