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Teen held in Little Rock's first bank robbery of the week

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published March 27, 2014 at 8:11 a.m. Updated March 27, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.


Little Rock Police Department officials say the man pictured robbed the Iberia Bank branch at 4900 W. Markham St. about 4 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014. He's described as a young black male wearing red hooded sweatshirt.

Devonta K. Piggee

A 19-year-old White Hall man has been arrested in the first of four bank robberies in Little Rock this week, marking the fourth suspect to be charged in a string of holdups police believe to be unrelated.

Pulaski County jail records show Devonta K. Piggee was booked in about 2:15 a.m. on charges of aggravated robbery and theft of property.

Piggee made an initial appearance in Little Rock District Court Thursday, during which an innocent plea was entered, his bail was set at $250,000 and he was ordered to wear an ankle monitor if he's released.

Piggee is suspected of robbing the Iberia Bank at 4900 W. Markham St. about 3:45 p.m. Monday.

According to a police report, the robber lifted up his shirt and displayed a black revolver after passing a teller a note demanding cash "and no dye packs."

After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber ran north from the business. No one was injured.

Police released a surveillance photo from the bank showing the purported robber wearing a red Dollarway Cardinals shirt. Prosecutors said during the video hearing Thursday morning that Piggee was developed as a suspect after "numerous calls" to investigators identified him from the photo.

The holdup was the start of a flurry of bank-robbing activity in Little Rock, but police say none of the cases appear to be related.

On Tuesday, two men held up the U.S. Bank branch at 6320 W. Markham St., which sits about a mile west of the Iberia Bank that was robbed. Derrick Galvin, 20, and Myron Thompson, 22, were arrested in that case shortly after the holdup.

Later that day, authorities responded to an unarmed robbery of the First Security Bank at 10 Bass Pro Drive. Jahmal Wallace, 37, was later charged in that case.

And on Wednesday afternoon, a robber held up the Metropolitan National Bank at 2804 Kavanugh Blvd. by passing a note. No arrests have been made.

Galvin, Thompson and Wallace all remained in jail Thursday morning.


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JIMBOB47 says... March 27, 2014 at 9:52 a.m.

Let's get this straight.. We have a perfect photo of him at the teller window, no doubt the teller ID'd him, and he enters an 'INNOCENT' plea? right.

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LevyRat says... March 27, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.

Stupid is and stupid does .... no dyes packs, is that really you main concern as the cameras have a perfect picture of you!!!!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 27, 2014 at 10:25 a.m.

Did he complete his high school education?

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LevyRat says... March 27, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Congrats, Devonta .....are you looking forward to your first teardrop tatoo?

While you are earning it, remember your "friends" were falling all over themselves to be the one to turn you in for the reward!! LOL

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mhck52 says... March 27, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.

He must have seen the sign that said, "remove ski masks, hats and hoods before entering."

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LarsBlackmon says... March 27, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.

Are You All This Vocal Toward Black People In Real Life? Or Just Behind The Comfort Of Computer Screens? Your Ignorance Is No Better Than This Young Mans. Grow Up. Plus "Non-Ghetto" People Do Dumb Things In The City All The Time, I Dont See Yall Calling Them Backwood, Meth Smoking, Incestuous Hicks. Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged.

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T6 says... March 27, 2014 at 3:51 p.m.

LarsBlackmon..... I didn't read in any of the comments ANYONE commenting on the kid being black. YOU were the first.
STUPID comes in ALL colors. This kid was STUPID.

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LarsBlackmon says... March 27, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.

T6 Actually I Wasnt The First, Someones Earlier Post Referred To Him As A Ghetto Primate, But That Comment Has Been Deleted Since Then. I Will Agree With You That Stupid Comes In All Colors.

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Populist says... March 27, 2014 at 5:52 p.m.

This epidemic of bank robberies is not going to stop happening until we make better attempts to ensure that children are raised in safe and loving homes and that they receive a decent education. I have no doubt that this person was habitually truant and the victim of neglect--if not child abuse. The kids need to be kept in decent schools and protected. Drug addicts and criminals need to be put on longterm birth control as a condition of parole. Parents of truant kids need to be thrown in jail. Also, they need to teach kids that crime does not pay. It is much easier just to get a job and work hard than try to rob a bank or get a bribe in a pie. Very few crooks get away with it in the long haul.

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