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UPDATE: Armed and dangerous robbery suspect in custody

Richard Edward Lashawn Merritt Jr. (Source: Marked Tree Police Dept. via Facebook) Richard Edward Lashawn Merritt Jr. (Source: Marked Tree Police Dept. via Facebook)
MARKED TREE, AR (KAIT) -

The Marked Tree Police Department states a dangerous armed robbery suspect is now in custody.

Police had been searching for Richard Edward Lashawn Merritt Jr., who was reportedly involved in the armed robbery of Jordan's Kwik Shop in Marked Tree.

According to the Marked Tree Police Department's Facebook page, two suspects walked into the store with the intent of robbing it.

Witnesses said both were armed with small caliber handguns.

The two took several items from the store at gunpoint then left.

A Marked Tree officer arrested one of the suspects as he fled the store.

The Earle man was considered to be armed and extremely dangerous.

By late Wednesday morning, the second suspect was taken into custody the Marked Tree Police Department.

The department thanked the community for their assistance in a Facebook post.

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