Two Saline County residents have been arrested following a Murphy USA gas station robbery, of which the business's clerk purportedly helped rob, Benton Police Department spokesman Lt. Kevin Russell said in a statement Saturday.
About 2:44 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery located at 17305 Interstate 30 in Benton, the department said. According to the news release, the gas station's clerk Anthony Honeysuckle, 22, told officers that the robber — who was later identified as 18-year-old Michael Ray — had "indicated [he] had a gun" and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.
It was not immediately clear if Ray did have a gun at the time of the purported robbery, Russell said.
Russell said Ray had fled on foot from the gas station and then "borrowed someone else's vehicle" to arrive at an unidentified residence. Officers caught Ray a short time later at the residence, arrested and booked him at Faulkner County Jail.
Ray is charged in aggravated robbery, theft of property and use of another's property to facilitate a crime, the release states.
An investigation into the robbery revealed that Honeysuckle, who was Ray's acquaintance, was also involved in the gas station robbery that they had planned, Russell said. He also is being held at Faulkner County jail and is charged in aggravated robbery and theft of property.
No additional suspects are being sought at this time and additional charges could be made as the investigation continues, Russell said.