Two women, girl questioned in grocery store holdup

A Farmers Market store employee spoke with Region 8 News following Monday's armed robbery. (Source: KAIT)
A Farmers Market store employee spoke with Region 8 News following Monday's armed robbery. (Source: KAIT)

LAKE CITY, AR (KAIT) - Two women and a girl are in police custody, suspected in the armed robbery of a Lake City grocery store.

The holdup occurred just before 9 Monday morning at Farmers Market, 209 Cobean.

Police say a suspect walked in demanding money from the safe.

Immediately following the robbery, police issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the suspects' car.

A short time later, police arrested two women and a female juvenile suspected in the robbery.

The three suspects, according to the police chief, are in custody and are being questioned.

Police say the guns used in the robbery, were later determined to be pellet guns.

Community members and store employees were visibly shaken after the robbery.

A Region 8 News crew spoke with the store manager, Shannon Sims, who said they do not usually see this type of crime in their small community.

"It's scary, but my job is to make sure the employees walk out of here safe everyday, and we did," Sims said. "Thankfully, no one was injured.

Sims also praised local law enforcement who responded immediately.

"The response time, they were here almost immediately," he said. "It seemed like no time and they were able to look at the surveillance equipment and found out who did it."

Lake City Police Chief Winred Saffell has not released the names of the suspects, yet.

Region 8 News is tracking this story and will have more details as they become available.

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