Arrest made in Marion armed robbery
One suspect in custody, one still at large
By Ralph Hardin
A little over a year ago, three armed men robbed a local gas station. One of them is now in custody.
“On Saturday, Jan.
19, 2019, shortly after midnight, Marion police officers responded to the Exxon located at 3477 I-55 West Service Road, in reference to an aggravated robbery at the convenience store” said Det. Paul Turney.
Upon Officers arrival, the suspects had already fled the scene.
“Upon investigation,” said Turney, “the clerk advised that three black male subjects with guns had entered his store as he was trying to close.”
According to Turney, the subjects took money from the register, as well as other items of merchandise from the store. No one was injured. Believing the suspects were from the Eastern Arkansas area, investigators from the Marion Police Department were able to identify two of the supects: Brandon Mitchell and Kentorius Davenport.
Davenport was arrested on Friday in Jonesboro.
“I was on duty when I received a call from Officer Dallas Watson with the Craighead County Detention Center in Jonesboro in reference to a wanted individual out of Marion,” said Turney.
Though Davenport was a juvenile at the time of the offense, he was charged as an adult.
“This was per prosecutor Boone Nance at the time the warrant was issued,” explained Turney. “Officer Watson transported Mr. Davenport to the Marion Police Department and he was invited into the interview room.”
The suspect was read his Miranda rights and agreed to speak to Det.
“While discussing this case, I explained to him the reason for the warrant,” said Turney.
“Upon further discussion of the case, Mr.
Davenport advised that he was done talking to me.”
Davenport was served the warrant, taken into custody and transported to the Crittenden County Detention Center.
Davenport, a Forrest City native, now 18 years old, appeared in District Court on Monday and remains in custody on a $250,000 bond. While police have still not identified one of the armed robbers, investigators are still seeking Brandon Mitchell, 22, of Little Rock.
“He is suspected of being involved in a string of robberies all over Northeast Arkansas,” said Turney.
Anyone with information in regards to this case is urged to contact the Marion Police Department at (870) 739-2101, or Crittenden County Crime Stoppers at