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Man suspected of shooting clerk in Pine Bluff robbery arrested

The man suspected of shooting a clerk during the robbery of the A & Y Shell station Thursday night has been arrested.
Robbery suspect
Robbery suspect
PINE BLUFF, AR – The man suspected of shooting a clerk during the robbery of the A & Y Shell station Thursday night has been arrested.

Police say after the arrest of Michael Merritt, 19, a search of 4500 block of Union Street found several items believed to be associated with the crime scene. Merritt is being held on probable cause for aggravated robbery and criminal attempt to commit capital murder.

According to the police report, a man walked into the A & Y at 3110 Camden Road, pretended to make a purchase, then shot the clerk. The suspect tried to open the register, failed, and ran away.

The clerk is currently listed in critical condition.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information about the robbery and shooting is asked to call the Pine Bluff Police at 870-730-2090.
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