LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– A Sunday afternoon shopping trip turned into trouble for a woman leaving Little Rock’s Park Plaza Mall.
Little Rock Police arrested Kevin Elmoore Sunday night.
Police say the 28-year-old robbed a shopper at gunpoint as she was walking to her car to leave Park Plaza Mall in broad day light on Sunday afternoon. those details aren’t sitting well with people we talked with today.
We met a woman on Monday who walks to run errands near the mall.
“That’s scary because I usually; go to the mall around that time of day,” Tonja Webb said.
Webb said she’s rethinking her steps as cars turn on Markham Street Monday.
Webb said, “I like running around here (and) walking around here so yeah. It’s scary though.”
She’s was walking across the street from where less than 24 hours earlier LRPD said Kevin Elmoore robbed a woman leaving the mall.
“Makes me not even feel comfortable going to the mall to be honest,” she said.
Little Rock PD say 28yo Kevin Elmoore robbed a woman at gunpoint in the Park Plaza parking lot Sunday. LRPD says it happened around 4:15 as the victim in her 50s was leaving the mall; detectives arrested the suspect within hours #ARNews pic.twitter.com/OstG45EIqr— Price McKeon (@PriceMcKeon) April 8, 2019
We talked with Little Rock Police Officer Eric Barnes on Monday.
“About 4 o’clock in the evening at Park Plaza Mall,” he began the interview.
He said the 28-year-old robbed a woman in her 50s at gunpoint as the Sunday shopper walked to her car that was parked outside of Dillard’s.
“We have officers that work that area and work off duty at that mall. They also have security there and stuff like that you still can’t take for granted,” he explained.
LRPD said Elmoore got away with what he demanded from the victim which was the her purse.
“This is a broad daylight incident and not something you would expect. Be vigilant in the area (that) you’re always in,” Officer Barnes said.
The suspect did not get away from long. Barnes said within hours of the 4:15p.m. incident detectives found and arrested the suspect at a home not far from the mall.
“That’s good but who wants to be robbed in broad day light? I don’t,” Webb said.
The walker told us that Sunday’s story may stop her from going to Park Plaza Mall.
Police said the victim was not injured.
We reached out to Park Plaza Mall for a statement.
CBL Properties who operates Park Plaza Mall sent us a statement.
Their spokesperson Alicia Easley said, “We appreciate the immediate response of the Little Rock Police Department. As a result of their action, the individual involved was quickly apprehended. We will work with LRPD as they continue their investigation.”
Our reporter Price McKeon replied to the statement and asked if security would increase at the property due to this incident.
Easley responded with, “We continuously evaluate our security protocols and make adjustments as needed. We have extensive security policies and procedures in place, but we’re not in a position to discuss specifics as doing so would compromise our efforts.”