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story.lead_photo.caption 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.

The youngest member of a trio charged with robbing a Red Lobster and exchanging gunfire with an off-duty police officer appeared in Little Rock district court Tuesday, a day after being released from the hospital.

Joshua Lamont Williams, 17, pleaded innocent and had bail set at $2 million after being charged as an adult with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree battery on an officer, aggravated robbery and six counts of aggravated assault in relation to the Jan. 9 robbery.

Off-duty Little Rock police officer Shawn Bakr, 39, was hit in the shoulder during a shootout with the suspects, police said. Williams was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the buttocks and was released Monday before being arrested.

Williams' older brother, Troy James Williams, 20, and cousin, Kenneth Lavell Nelson, 25, were also arrested on the same charges and each had bail set at $2 million.

The state had asked for $5 million bail for each of the suspects, citing the evidence linking them to the crime and a reported confession by Troy Williams.

In court Tuesday, a prosecutor told District Court Judge Alice Lightle that Joshua Williams was arrested in 2013 for aggravated robbery and theft.

Williams appeared in front of the judge via a video stream from the Pulaski County jail. He is still receiving medical treatment due to his injuries, Lightle said.

All three suspects remained on the Pulaski County jail roster Tuesday afternoon.


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  • LR1955
    January 19, 2016 at 1:02 p.m.

    Bad boys bad boys, watcha gonna do when they come for you

  • NutButter
    January 19, 2016 at 1:18 p.m.

    Such a shame that young thugs like this choose a life of crime over education and honest work. They may help increase the disproportionate number of black men incarcerated.