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Suspect in convenience-store robberies ID'd

By Lisa Burnett

This article was originally published April 15, 2014 at 2:33 p.m. Updated April 15, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.


Little Rock Police say the man pictured robbed the Valero gas station at 7320 Cantrell Road. He is described as a black male, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10 inches tall, 160 to 170 pounds, wearing dark clothing, blue latex gloves and a mask over his face.

Little Rock police have identified the man who they suspect robbed the Valero convenience store at 7320 Cantrell Road early Sunday.

Darius Johnson of Little Rock was taken into custody on Tuesday at 7525 Shady Grove.

He is also suspect in the Tuesday robbery of the Shell gas station at 7400 Cantrell Road, police said.

He is being interviewed and is likely to be charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, police said.


Little Rock Police Department officials are seeking the public's assistance to identify a man who robbed the Valero convenience store at 7320 Cantrell Road early Sunday morning.

A police report states Jonathan Neal, 35, of Little Rock called police at 2:16 a.m. about the robbery. Neal, who said he was across the street at a Shell gas station when the robbery occurred, went to the Valero to check on Lonnie Hollis, 39, of North Little Rock after he thought he heard a gunshot and saw a black male running from the store.

Hollis, who works at the Valero, told police that he was sweeping the floor when a man — who was described as standing about 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-10, weighing 160 to 170 pounds and wearing a black windbreaker suit, blue latex gloves and a white mesh bag over his head — came into the store and pointed a black handgun at him. The robber then chased Hollis around the front of the store and fired one round at him, but Hollis was not struck, the report states.

Hollis said the robber demanded all of the money from the store and fled northbound toward Timber Ridge Condominiums with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the report.

Those with information about the robber's identity or whereabouts are asked to call detectives at (501) 371-4660.


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