Two men charged in a December home-invasion robbery in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood pleaded innocent Tuesday before a Pulaski County circuit judge.
Alexander Higgins, 22, and Luke Patton, 20, are each facing charges of aggravated robbery, theft of property and aggravated residential burglary in the Dec. 6 incident at 3808 Oakwood Drive. Two other men — 23-year-old Wilbert Champ and 24-year-old Robert Morgan Perry — are also charged in the case, though they were not in court Tuesday.
The victim 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.
During separate, brief hearings before Circuit Judge Leon Johnson, both Higgins and Patton entered innocent pleas and were advised of a previously issued no-contact order for the victim. Johnson asked each whether they would have any problem with the terms of that order.
"No, sir," Higgins and Patton each replied.
Neither man spoke again during the hearings, and both declined comment when asked about the case afterward by a reporter.
Both men were initially booked into the Pulaski County jail but later released on bond. The other two suspects, Champ and Perry, remain in the jail, records show.
Johnson also set an Aug. 6 trial date for Higgins and Patton. Their next hearing is set for July 1.
Court records show Champ entered an innocent plea last month. It wasn't clear when an arraignment is scheduled for Perry, who was arrested in February. The others were taken into custody several days after the robbery.