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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Robbery victim strikes back

  • A robbery victim turned the tables on the perpetrator and fought back by firing at the fleeing subject with a .20-gauge shotgun according to an incident report filed by the Phillips County Sheriff's Office. The injured subject eventually turned himself to law enforcement officers at Helena Regional Medical Center.
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  • A robbery victim turned the tables on the perpetrator and fought back by firing at the fleeing subject with a .20-gauge shotgun according to an incident report filed by the Phillips County Sheriff's Office. The injured subject eventually turned himself to law enforcement officers at Helena Regional Medical Center. The incident occurred around 3:15 p.m. on November 22 at 2420 Highway 49 West sheriff's deputies report. The subject attempted to rob the business owner at gunpoint. The incident report states that the suspect described as a black male ran out of the business behind the building. The owner gave chase and fired a shot at the fleeing suspect with a shotgun. Investigating deputies stated that the owner told them that he hit the subject because he “dipped to the left” after the shot was fired. A customer at the time of the incident also pursued the intruder and was able to get the license number of the van the suspect got into and fled the scene. Sheriff's deputies later found the vehicle with the license number parked behind Dee's Barbecue on Southland Road. The investigation turned up that Taraves Mitchell was the driver of the van. Deputies Tommie Blevins and Lt. Sylvester Rose found the mask and jacket that the suspect was wearing at the time of the robbery. Bivens found what appeared to be buckshot in the driver's seat of the van. The incident report says deputies went to Mitchell's home but had apparently fled the area. Later that night, Mitchell called the PCSO stating that he wanted to turn himself in and that he would be at the hospital. Mitchell had been struck several times from buckshot. Bivens recovered the money stolen in the robbery and the gun used to commit the crime. Mitchell was charged with aggravated robbery, a Class A felony and theft of property, a Class B felony. His bond was set at $225,000. He is currently in custody in the Cross County Jail.
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