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Red Lobster in LR robbed at gunpoint

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published February 26, 2013 at 9:23 a.m. Updated February 26, 2013 at 10:03 a.m.


This Red Lobster restaurant at 8407 W. Markham St. in Little Rock was robbed Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

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Red Lobster in Little Rock was robbed at gunpoint by four men who made off with cash while the popular restaurant was open and serving dinner.

It happened shortly before 8:45 p.m. Monday at the location at 8407 W. Markham St. A Little Rock Police Department report shows more than 20 people were in the restaurant at the time, including workers and customers.

According to the report, four men — including at least one who was armed with a handgun — were sitting in a vehicle outside before getting out and forcing an employee inside at gunpoint.

The workers and customers were forced into the main eating area and onto the floor while the robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Benton resident Kendra Criddle said she was finishing her meal at the restaurant with her husband and two sons, 5 and 7, when she looked up and saw the gunman. The robber forced them and others into a different room where they were held them at gunpoint while other robbers took cash from elsewhere in the business.

"I was kind of scared," Criddle said Tuesday. "I had only seen that on TV before. I had never seen anything like that in real life."

Criddle said her two sons "handled it pretty well considering what happened."

No injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made.

The robbers are described as black men. One wore a light blue hoodie; one wore a black plaid jacket and black hoodie; and one wore a black and blue plaid jacket, a black hoodie, gray jeans and black shoes.


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RaylanGivens says... February 26, 2013 at 9:54 a.m.

I thought you were only supposed to wear light blue hoodies after March? Didn't that thug get the memo?

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LevyRat says... February 26, 2013 at 10 a.m.

What????? ...... thugs in hoodies robbing Little Rock Red Lobster, how can this be ..... TAX AND SPEND STODOLA says new sales tax will reduce crime .... SUCKERS ......... LOL

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... February 26, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.

Somebody with a concealed carry should have whipped out his Glock and put these rabid animal dogs down. Welfare raised POS. I'm in Democrat utopia.

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farris94 says... February 26, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.

I bet those customers won't be eating out the rest of the week ?

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NoUserName says... February 26, 2013 at 10:33 a.m.

Yeah. And I'm starting to think I won't be either. This is getting to be a real epidemic here.

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NONSHEEPLE says... February 26, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.

I'm gonna make sure I'm packing when our with the family for sure.. Anyone remember when those two guys tried to rob "Joe's Groc." a few years back? He was armed and dealt swift justice on them... It's interesting that NO ONE has tried that place ever again...

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MenLR2 says... February 26, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.

Really makes me want to take the kids out to dinner in Little Rock! No one has said anything about the poor kids who were held at gunpoint in the comments. This alone should raise the crime to a DEATH SENTANCE! My ex had a 9mm pointed at her in the RiverMarket and it took ALONG time and much counseling for her to deal with that. (LRPD saved the day that time) Just think how much trust these kids have lost trust I the world.

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LR1955 says... February 26, 2013 at 11:44 a.m.

DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN, would you have been capable of drawing a concealed weapon and putting all 4 rabid dogs down before one got off a shot at you or one of the other innocents ? I bet not, I know 4 perps is way above my abilities and most CCL holders and most police officers too. The "gang" approach is a new twist to the epidemic.

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ToTheLeft says... February 26, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.

It seems the drive throughs are safer solutions. Pitiful, but true.

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