Police: investigation continues into Region 8 robbery

Robert Humbert Jr. (Source: Forrest City Police Department)
Robert Humbert Jr. (Source: Forrest City Police Department)

FORREST CITY, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 man is behind bars in connection with a convenience store robbery on October 11.

According to the Forrest City Police, shortly before 10:00 p.m. on October 11, two black males entered the Star-1 convenience store located on South Washington with guns.

Both suspects came around the counter and demanded money from the owner. The convenience store owner says his relative then attempted to hit the alarm. That's when one of the suspects grabbed him and threw him on the floor. According to the owner, both he and his relative were physically assaulted.

One suspect fled the store with an undetermined amount of money while the other robbed the individuals of their personal property. According to the owner, the suspect who fled re-entered the store and shot into the wall and ceiling several times. Both suspects then fled the scene. No one was seriously injured in the robbery.

The Forrest City Police Department has now identified one of the suspects as 26 year old Robert Bernard Humbert, Jr. of Forrest City. Humbert, Jr. was convicted in 2002 for robbery and has unrelated charges pending in Circuit Court.

Around 3:30 p.m. on October 17, an officer on regular patrol saw Humbert, Jr. and another person identified as Andrea Hunter walking in the Beech Grove area. Hunter was an escapee from the St. Francis County Jail. Both Humbert and Hunter were taken into custody without incident and placed in the St. Francis County Jail.

Robert Bernard Humbert Jr. was charged with Aggravated Robbery and Possession of Firearms by Certain Person. His bond was set at $100,000.00 and is awaiting his first court appearance in the St. Francis County Jail.

Forrest City Police Chief Reynolds said he's very happy no one was injured in the robbery.

"The officers and investigators moved quickly on this case and got one of the robbers locked down and off the streets," Reynolds said. "We are working on the second suspect as we speak. Hopefully the department's quick actions on this case will send a strong message to the 'violent criminals' that it will not take long for us to get you off the street."

The investigation is still on going and anyone with information regarding this robbery or any other crime in Forrest City, is asked to contact the Forrest City Police Department at (870) 633-3434 or the Forrest City Crime Stoppers at (870) 261-1499.

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