Robbery suspect accused of using gun-shaped lighter in holdup

Robbery suspect accused of using gun-shaped lighter in holdup

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Craighead County District Court judge found probable cause Tuesday to charge a man with aggravated robbery after police say he used a lighter shaped like a gun in an attempt to rob two people.

Archie McFerrin, 19, of Jonesboro is accused of stealing two cell phones valued at $1,000 from Ultratel Wireless, 2619 E. Nettleton, Friday afternoon.

The store's owner said McFerrin entered the store around 3:45 p.m., wearing a red shirt and black pants.

After staying in the store an unusually long time, and asking to use the clerk's phone to call his mother, the owner asked him to leave, the affidavit stated.

McFerrin refused to leave.

After the owner walked around the counter, she told investigators McFerrin went behind the counter and took two iPhone 6 phones.

When she approached him, according to the court documents, McFerrin raised his fist and asked if she wanted him to hit her.

McFerrin then ran out of the store.

A short time later, at 5:30 p.m., police say McFerrin tried to sell the phones to two people outside the Mall at Turtle Creek, 3000 E. Highland.

When one of the victims pulled out some cash, McFerrin tried to grab the money. He then pulled out what appeared to be a handgun, the affidavit stated.

As the victim attempted to drive away, McFerrin reportedly beat on the windshield, damaging it, before running away.

During the altercation, according to the court documents, McFerrin dropped the weapon which turned out to be a metal lighter shaped like a gun.

The victims said the suspect wore a red shirt and black pants. Police obtained video from the cell phone store and showed it to the two victims who identified McFerrin as the man who tried to rob them.

The investigating officers, who are familiar with and know McFerrin, were able to identify and arrest him.

McFerrin is charged with aggravated robbery; robbery; theft $5,000 or less but greater than $1,000 from a building; and second-degree criminal mischief.

He is being held at the Craighead County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

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