On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 12:00am, Texarkana Arkansas Police Officers responded to a robbery at 3401 East 9th Street, E-Z Mart. The caller advised a suspect armed with a machete entered the store and demanded everyone to lie on the floor. After an unsuccessful attempt to rob the clerk, the suspect fled on foot toward Interstate 49. While responding to the area, Officer Tanner Freeman and Corporal John Gibbert located the suspect hiding under the Interstate 49 overpass on East 9th Street. The suspect, Shawn Pettit, W/M 30yoa, was taken into custody and the machete was recovered. After further investigation Pettit was charged with Aggravated Robbery, as well as 5 counts of Aggravated Assault. No one was injured during this incident.
Anyone with information can contact the Texarkana Arkansas Police Criminal Investigation Division at 903-798-3154 or the Texarkana area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer