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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Robbery foiled

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 1:24 PM

A man carrying a concealed .357 pistol foiled a robbery in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at Cantrell and Chenal about 11:30 p.m. Monday night, the LR police said.

John Antonetz, 63, and his wife Lydia, 57, were loading groceries when a man tried to rob them, the report said. As the robber tried to take her purse, Antonetz "went around to the passenger side of the vehicle and retrieved his revolver from his concealed holster in his pants. Mr. Antonetz then went to the rear of the vehicle and observed Suspect 1 pointing a revolver at his wife. Mr. Antonetz then shot at Supsect 1 three times and once more when Suspect 1 got into Vehicle 1." He drove away with two other people.

Suspects were stopped shortly after for erratic driving, but released because of miscommunication about the description of the getaway car. The video camera recording of the stop was used later, however. Police made arrests at UAMS where one of the suspects had gone for treatment of a gunshot wound.

Jonathan Terry, 24, of England; Sherry Battles, 25, of North Little Rock, and Tequila Rice, 22, of Lonoke, were charged with the robbery. Terry was admitted to UAMS for surgery on a gunshot wound to the buttocks, Lt. Terry Hastings said. Police said Battles and Rice were non-cooperative and a "minor use of force" was necessary to cuff Rice.

The police report noted that Antonetz had a permit to carry a concealed weapon. That information would not be public under legislation passed by the House and awaiting action in the Senate. 

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