JPD responds to armed robbery

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - According to Jonesboro police, officers initially responded to the Allen Park Community Center on Race Street for an armed robbery.

Sgt. Owen Smith said details are limited but a call came in around 3:30 p.m., stating that someone was robbed at gunpoint. According to the caller, the suspect was a black male with dreadlocks and a beard.

Smith said after talking with officers, it was discovered that the robbery happened between a gas station on Race Street and the Allen Park area.

The victim told police he was walking along Race Street when two suspects drove alongside him in gray Nissan Altima and stopped. According to the incident report, one of the suspects asked the victim if he knew where they could purchase a controlled substance.

At that point, the 36-year-old male victim claimed the other suspect got out of the vehicle and ordered him to turn over his items. When the victim refused, according to the report, the suspect "threatened to kill him."

The victim then handed his unidentified items over to the suspects. The report did not identify what the alleged robbers took.

The incident happened while a volleyball tournament was going on at the community center.

Staff at the center said the victim used their phone to contact police.

One community center employee said she has never seen a crime like this happen so close to the facility.

"Nothing like this has ever happened while I've been here," said Courtney Bradbury.  "I've been here for a couple of months and this is the first, I mean a kid might get his bike stolen by another kid."

Police are continuing to investigate the robbery. Anyone with information on this alleged robbery should contact Crimestoppers at 935-STOP (7867).

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