Update: 4th Arrest in Maumelle Gas Station Robbery

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Update (Jan. 9):
MAUMELLE, Ark. – A fourth arrest has been made in the investigation of a December gas station robbery.

The Maumelle Police Department says Joelle Stevens, 31, of North Little Rock, has been charged with Criminal Conspiracy. 

The other three suspects charged in the case were arrested within hours of the Dec. 18 robbery.

Stevens’ booking record at the Pulaski County Jail shows she is being held on $7,500 bond.

Original story (Dec. 18):
MAUMELLE, Ark. – Three men are in custody after allegedly robbing a service station at gunpoint on Tuesday, authorities say.

Maumelle Police were called just after 3 p.m. to the Shell gas station near Hwy. 365. 

According to the incident report, the clerk was alone in the store when one suspect came in and held her at gunpoint while demanding money. 

The clerk told officers the suspect was dressed all in black with a bandana covering his face. She said the suspect threw a plastic bag at her, pointed a pistol in her face and demanded that she empty the cash register. 

The report states she opened the register and was putting cash into the bag, but the suspect continued to yell at her to hurry up. She said she placed the $20s, $10s and $5s in the bag when the suspect told her she was not moving fast enough and grabbed the bag from her. 

As he ran to leave the store, he fired one round through one of the front doors. 

A witness told officers he was on the parking lot when he saw the suspect leaving the store. He said the suspect fired the gun through the door and then fell down as he ran from the scene before getting into a van. 

According to the report, while the witness followed the van over Interstate 40, the suspects then began shooting at him. He followed them to Ashley Road before returning to the Shell station. 

All three suspects were caught soon after near Ashley Road along with the van. 

The suspects have been identified as Jonathan Bernard Graydon, 25, of Pine Bluff; Ryan Frederick, 22, of North Little Rock; and Eric Criswell Jr., 26, of North Little Rock. They are being held at the Pulaski County Jail on no bond. 

Police say officers found a pistol with a serial number defaced inside the vehicle. The report notes that Frederick and Criswell are felons from prior convictions. 

All three face charges of Criminal Attempt, Aggravated Robbery, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Theft of Property, and Unlawful Discharged of a Firearm from a Vehicle. 

Criswell and Frederick also face an additional charge of Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons. Criswell was also charged with two misdemeanors, possession of marijuana 4 oz. or less, and Driving on a Suspended License. 

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