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Pursuit of armed robbery suspect leads to injured public safety officer

Submitted by Kerissa Accetta on November 19, 2012 – 2:37 pm2 Comments

A Department of Public Safety official sustained minor injuries in a wreck at the intersection of University and Asher Oct. 31 while in pursuit of an armed robbery suspect, according to officials.

The driver of the other vehicle, James Tucker, failed to yield to the emergency response vehicles, resulting in the wreck.  Sgt. Rommel Benjamin sustained “minor lacerations and a sprained knee,” Sgt. Bobby Hicks said.

According to the UALR Incident Report, after checking on Tucker, “Sergeant Benjamin was then transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital to be checked out.” Tucker was not injured.

Sergeant Benjamin and the Little Rock Police Department were in pursuit of  19-year-old armed robbery suspect Donnell Robinson.  According to Sergeant Hicks, “Robinson was suspected of several armed robberies around campus,” including one outside of the Kum & Go on Colonel Glenn Road and one outside of the Denny’s on University Avenue.

The third robbery was a “purse-snatching” outside of the Raceway Gas Station at 6425 S. University Ave. Dusty Emfinger witnessed the “purse-snatching”  and was shot in the shoulder in his car after he followed the suspect’s vehicle in an attempt to get the license plate number.

The police report describes Robinson’s escape car as a white 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. During pursuit, the suspect drove over a spike strip laid out by Little Rock Police “on Asher at the Ritz Motel,” according to the report.  The Alero continued, rolling on its rims, and clipped another car in its path.  The vehicle proceeded to turn into the Town & Country

plaza and lost control.

The two passengers, who were also suspected in the robberies, were found sitting in the car while Robinson attempted to flee on foot toward Big Country Chateau.  Personnel from the Little Rock Police Department were able to apprehend Robinson without further incident.

Robinson’s first hearing was Oct. 31, during which he was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of theft of property and one count of robbery. According to,  “Robinson pleaded not guilty to all charges and will now have his case turned over to the Pulaski County Circuit Court.”