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Teen shot during gunfire at Red Lobster released from hospital, charged as adult

by Brandon Riddle | January 18, 2016 at 3:25 p.m.
FILE - LEFT: Joshua Williams of Cabot; RIGHT: Little Rock police investigate Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, after an officer-involved shooting at Red Lobster, 8407 W. Markham St.

Little Rock police on Monday identified 17-year-old Cabot resident Joshua Williams as the teenager charged as an adult in the robbery of a Red Lobster earlier this month that ended in a shootout with an off-duty police officer.

Williams, in addition to his brother, 20-year-old Troy James Williams of Cabot; and cousin, 25-year-old Kenneth Lavell Nelson of Little Rock, face charges after they allegedly held up the restaurant on 8407 W. Markham St. the night of Jan. 9.

In a statement Monday, the Little Rock Police Department said detectives obtained a warrant Jan. 11 to arrest Joshua Williams on one count each of aggravated robbery, criminal attempt to commit capital murder and first-degree battery, as well as six counts of aggravated assault.

An arrest warrant was served Monday at the 12th Street police station after Joshua Williams was discharged from a hospital for injuries to his buttocks that resulted from the exchange of gunfire at Red Lobster, police said.

That gunfight during the Jan. 9 robbery also injured Little Rock police officer Shawn Bakr, 39, who was shot in the shoulder, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

Nelson and Troy James Williams have pleaded innocent in the case. Both remained in custody at the Pulaski County jail on $2 million bond each as of Monday afternoon, according to jail records.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Photo by Pulaski County sheriff's office
Kenneth Nelson, left, and Troy Williams

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