Police: Benton Robbery Suspects Tied to Searcy Shooting

BENTON, AR -- Three robbery suspects in Benton were also found to be involved in a recent shooting in Searcy.

On Jan. 19, officers responded to an armed robbery call at the Benton Antique Mall located on 18325 I-30.

When officers arrived they spoke to the victim who told them three suspects had robbed him at gunpoint.

The victim told officers that the suspects arranged to meet him there to purchase jewelry that he was selling on Craigslist.

During their meeting, one of the suspects pointed a gun toward the victim and then left with his jewelry. 

Detectives immediately began working on leads in the robbery and discovered the suspects were also involved in an incident involving a shooting that occurred recently in Searcy.

They were also found to be involved in an incident with the Arkansas State Police that led into Texas where the suspects were apprehended.

The suspects were identified as Johnny Patton, 27, Amanda Hampton, 27, and Ricky Jones, 31. 

All three suspects have warrants issued and will be charged with Aggravated Robbery, Theft of Property and Aggravated Assault. 

Anybody with information related to this case is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at (501 778-1171 or 315-TIPS. 

Individuals can also send an anonymous crime tip about this incident to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to www.crimereports.com to leave a tip. 

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