A gunman robbed three people early Friday outside a Stifft Station restaurant, though he did return one of the victim's cell phones when a woman with him demanded it back because it had photos of her children on it, authorities said.
It happened about 1:45 a.m. outside the Oyster Bar, 2919 W. Markham St. A Little Rock Police Department report indicates the same robber committed a pair of robberies. It wasn't clear which one happened first or how much time elapsed between them.
Two of the victims, a man and a woman, both 23, said the robber came up as they were leaving the business, pointed a handgun at them and ordered them to hand over their cell phones, according to a Little Rock Police Department report. The robber then grabbed the woman's purse and fled south on Booker Street, where he was picked up by a burnt orange Ford Taurus that came from the business parking lot.
Another 23-year-old woman told investigators she was waiting behind the business for a 28-year-old man who was coming out when she noticed the robber walking around "but did not think anything of it," the report said.
When the man emerged from the restaurant, the robber pointed a gun "in his face" and demanded cash and his cell phone, the report said. The gunman then ordered the man to get on the ground.
The woman who was waiting for him "then began yelling for the suspect to give the phone back (due to it containing pictures of her kids)," police wrote in the report, noting the robber gave back the phone but then pointed the gun at the woman and ordered her to the ground too. He didn't take anything from her, the report said.
The robber then ran across the parking lot. He is described as a black man 20 to 25 years old who stood 5-foot-8 and weighed 160 pounds. He was wearing a light-colored shirt and bluejeans.
No arrest has been made.