Safety concerns resurface after latest armed robbery in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The Jonesboro Police Department is still searching for an armed suspect that robbed a local convenience store Friday.

The armed robbery happened at Quick Trip, located at the corner of West Nettleton Avenue and Flint Street.

This latest incident occurred almost a month after another store in Jonesboro was robbed at gunpoint just a few blocks away.

The frequency of these crimes has made some neighbors fearful, as squad cars have become a far more frequent site in the neighborhoods near West Nettleton.

The past few months have brought two armed robberies, a reported arson and several home break-ins.

The incidents have made people in the area think more seriously about their safety.

"It just makes you think about being a little more aware of your surroundings and take precautions to lock up, lock your doors and be a bit more aware of your surroundings," said Brenda Knight, who lives off West Nettleton. "Growing up, we didn't lock our houses. We didn't lock our cars, but unfortunately we have to now."

Knight has lived steps from the Quick Trip that was robbed for more than 20 years.

She has become more vigilant about locking doors and leaving on lights after the recent incidents of crime.

Several blocks from her home, police investigated another armed robbery after a suspect held up the Nettleton Quick Stop, located at 1708 W. Nettleton.

In October police made several arrests after a home along W. Nettleton was set fire intentionally and then broken into a few days later.

"It can happen anywhere," Knight said. "I mean, we've got a school down the street. We've got a convenience store. With the school down the street, you got to be happy to be in a neighborhood close to a school. The high school is not very far away, the Kindergarten Center, so it should be a pretty good area."

At least to make her area better, Knight hopes to become better acquainted with her neighbors so that they can trust one another to watch the other's property.

She is even considering starting a neighborhood watch group, but will do a few simple things in the meantime.

"Just lock up, turn the lights on and be safe."

Jonesboro police collected a few details about Friday's robbery suspect.

The alleged robber is described as a short black male, possibly in his 30s and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a red mask over his face.

Anyone with information about this suspect or this incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 870-935-STOP.

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