Arrest Made in Overnight EZ Mart Robbery


Around midnight Tuesday a man walked into the EZ Mart store on 9th Street and I-49 with a machete and demanded that everyone get down on the floor. He was unsuccessful in his attempt to rob the store and fled on foot.

T.A.P.D. Press Release:

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

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is urged to contact Texarkana Arkansas Police at 903-798-3154 or the Texarkana area CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.

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