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Woman blinded after being struck in LR robbery

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published February 3, 2014 at 12:39 p.m.

A woman was blinded in her left eye after being struck early Sunday by a robber outside a Little Rock restaurant.

Little Rock police say it happened shortly before 2 a.m. when two men approached two women outside the West End Smokehouse & Tavern at 215 N. Shackleford Road.

One of the victims told police the men asked whether they needed a ride and then attacked them when they said they didn't, according to a police report. One of the men made off with one of the women's cellphones. Police say the other woman was hit in the face with what she thought was a fist.

Investigators said that victim was "hardly able to speak" when she was taken from the scene to Baptist Health Medical Center for treatment.

"The doctors discovered [the victim] to have suffered a blow hard enough that it deflated her left eye causing permanent blindness to her left eye and the loss of her eyeball," police wrote in the report. "It is unknown at this time if she has suffered any additional injuries."

No arrests have been made.

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LevyRat says... February 3, 2014 at 2:09 p.m.

Little Rock, ever wonder where all that new tax money is going ..... certainly not for police protection!

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obrien247 says... February 3, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.

Because there is no money or bonuses in it for the police department when it comes to violent crimes is why. They put 100% of their efforts into traffic tickets and drugs because that is where all the money is, not from that innocent person that lost an eye, got raped, murdered, or an abused child etc.....there is absolutely no preventive policing being done. When was the last time you saw a patrol car actually patrolling a neighborhood for suspicious activity???? Yeah maybe 30 years ago but they will definitely stay parked hidden by a stop sign waiting for someone to do a rolling stop to write that ticket up is what I saw just today. But $hit rolls downhil so its most likely not their fault as they are only carrying out orders or filling the quotas that are set into place from the chief and government.

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LR1955 says... February 3, 2014 at 5:19 p.m.

I feel West End Smokehouse & Tavern (and all late night drink & eat places) should have their bouncers help ladies to their car's.

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... February 4, 2014 at 7:19 a.m.

It's time for us to bring back public hangings. The only true deterent to these "public punks"

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NOTAGAIN says... February 4, 2014 at 7:43 a.m.

I hope they catch these thugs. Our system must change. Jail is no longer viewed by these people as a deterrent. It's three meals and a place to hang with friends. Chain gangs, hard labor or even some actions other countries take, would deter crimes.

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Karachele says... February 4, 2014 at 8:38 a.m.


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Packman says... February 4, 2014 at 9:25 a.m.

Concealed Carry. When seconds are critical, the police are only minutes away. Two to the chest, one to the head. That's the only way to deal with these thieving animals masquerading as human beings. Take away my guns, BH Obama? I don't think so.

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HarleyOwner says... February 4, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.

Back when I worked for a now closed Gentlemen's Club in North Little Rock we ALWAYS escorted our female employees to their car.

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