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story.lead_photo.caption Darrius Stewart (left) and Keith Keshawn Harris (right). Photo by North Little Rock Police Department

Police in North Little Rock said Wednesday they arrested two more teenagers suspected in a gas station robbery where a U.S. serviceman was fatally shot after he tried stopping two gunmen.

The department said officers arrested 17-year-old Darrius Stewart and 16-year-old Keith Keshawn Harris on Tuesday evening. Authorities previously arrested 18-year-olds Drequan Lamont Robinson and Keith Lamont Harris Jr.

All four teens face capital murder and robbery charges, and the Pulaski County Prosecutor said he plans to charge the two minors as adults.

Stewart and Robinson are accused of rushing into the Valero Big Red in downtown North Little Rock on Friday night, waving guns and ordering customers to the ground before demanding cash from the register, authorities and witnesses have said.

During the holdup, 23-year-old Senior Airman Shawn Mckeough Jr. tried tackling Stewart before Robinson shot him in the head, authorities have said.

Mckeough died at the scene and the robbers fled.

Police allege Keith Keshawn Harris was the driver of the car the robbers left in.

Keith Lamont Harris is accused of being a passenger in the car and being aware of the robbery. An arrest report filed this week said he and four others drove around the city for about an hour to scope out potential businesses to rob before stopping at Valero.

North Little Rock police released video of the two people brandishing handguns in the gas station with their faces at least partially covered, one by a panda hat and the other with a hoodie drawn over his head.

Multiple tipsters identified Robinson following the video’s release, including one person who recognized the teen as a former classmate, according to court records.

An outpour of support and condolences have followed Mckeough’s death from his fellow service members and at least one Arkansas congressman.

Shawn Mckeough Jr. (left) stands with his girlfriend Sarah Terrano (right). Mckeough was fatally shot Feb. 15. Photo courtesy of Sarah Terrano
Shawn Mckeough Jr. (left) stands with his girlfriend Sarah Terrano (right). Mckeough was fatally shot Feb. 15. Photo courtesy of Sarah Terrano

Mckeough, who enlisted in 2015, was stationed at the Little Rock Air Base after previously serving on bases in Germany, South Korea and Kuwait.

Sarah Terrano, Mckeough’s girlfriend who was outside the gas station and saw two young people rush in, told the Democrat-Gazette on Tuesday that friends and family were still grieving the Westbrook, Maine native’s death.

“It was hard for all of us worrying about him in all the places he served and then thinking he's safe in his home country," Terrano said. "I thought he was safe here."

Funeral arrangements were still being planned, she said.

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley said his office was reviewing police investigation files Wednesday but felt the allegations warranted adult charges.

“Given the nature of the crime and circumstances, we think it’s appropriate to authorize them to be charged as adults,” he said.

Prosecutors haven’t ruled out seeking the death penalty, but Jegley said the case is in the very early stages of being prosecuted.

“We’ll analyze it and make a decision,” he said.

Stewart and Keith Keshawn Harris were set to appear in district court Thursday. The other two suspects appeared in court on Tuesday and were held without bail.

The killing marked North Little Rock’s first homicide of the year.

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  • eaglescout
    March 20, 2019 at 11:15 a.m.

    KTHV reported yesterday that the Robinson gangsta's family was hiding him out before his arrest with plans to aid in his escape to St. Louis. If so, bring them into the mix. We have to get tough with all who enable this sort of uncivilized behavior. Also, who was the guy on The Buzz this morning talking about Robinson? He was associated with NLR high, reporting that Robinson had been expelled and saying that "he recognized Robinson's good potential". It appears that some are blinded by "good potential" and blind to the pure evil that lurks barely underneath.

  • arkateacher54
    March 20, 2019 at 11:37 a.m.

    Five lives down the drain - one honorable young man serving his nation, four stupid thugs only thinking about putting someone else's cash in their pockets. Surely the African American community can do better than this. Parents, families, churches, teachers, community leaders, politicians, police officers, counselors - get with the program. You are the ones who can change this.

  • HarleyOwner
    March 20, 2019 at 11:38 a.m.

    Great work NLRPD! Four potential career criminals taken off the street.

  • MaxCady
    March 20, 2019 at 12:16 p.m.

    These mopes were destined for a short career in crime anyway. Who robs a store with 8 customers inside?

  • conservative
    March 20, 2019 at 12:40 p.m.

    Quick trial?, then exterminate these miscreants.

  • fndbrgaolcom
    March 20, 2019 at 12:42 p.m.

    Good police work! We’re going to find out how many more robberies these Thugs have committed. I’m guessing more than 5.

  • Tigermule
    March 20, 2019 at 1:10 p.m.

    The people involved in this tragedy represent extreme polar opposites of society. One one hand, a young man living a life full of purpose and promise is murdered by low life types that contribute nothing and are willing to kill to get a few easy dollars. The airman was voluntarily serving his country with distinction, as evidenced by awarded commendations, was in a long term relationship and in the process of buying a home. The alleged criminals offer nothing positive to society, as they parasitic leaches leaches that don’t want to work and only want to take. Let due process have its day and if convictions result, the penalties should be severe and swift.
    As an aside, how does Bill James sleep at night?

  • titleist10
    March 20, 2019 at 1:28 p.m.

    I don’t hear any outrage from the black leaders concerning this situation-is no one teaching young black kids moral ethics how to behave in a CIVILIZED SOCIETY-this punks live off honest tax payers money-the govt gives them food stamps housing medical-then we have to continue to support them in prison-they contribute nothing to a productive society-WAKE UP BLACK COMMUNITY-accept the fact you are responsible for their actions not the white community

  • conservative
    March 20, 2019 at 1:36 p.m.

    What is with the booking photos of Keith Harris? As published today, he appears not to have the "rams horn" dreadlocks?; yet today in the "Right to Know" site-pages, he is "sporting" what appears to be four nasty looking "rams horn" dreads. Apparently Negro "weaves"?

  • conservative
    March 20, 2019 at 1:38 p.m.

    Perhaps today's Published photo is from a prior booking?

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