Three Arrested in Fayetteville Taxi Machete Robbery
Fayetteville Police are investigating an alleged machete robbery.
Javaughntaiye Willis, 21, Alberto Delatorre, 18, and a 17-year-old boy were arrested, according to police.
Willis was booked in the Washington County Detention Center at 8:50 a.m. Saturday morning and is being held without bond, according to the Sheriff’s Office website. Willis faces charges of aggravated robbery, engaging in violent group activity, terroristic threatening and theft of property, and the website lists him as a parole violator and a hold for another department.
Delatorre was booked in jail at 12:50 Saturday morning and released on $3,500 bond at 2:08 p.m. He faces charges of aggravated robbery, engaging in violent group activity and theft of property.
Willis is accused of holding a machete to the throat of a cab driver for NWA Taxi at approximately 2:45 a.m. Friday (July 19) at Betty Jo Drive, police say.
The driver said three men came up to his taxi, one wielding a machete and demanded money. The three allegedly took the driver’s money, wallet, and cell phone, according to the taxi company.
The theft victim called Fayetteville Police after the robbery.
Shortly before 6:40 a.m. Fayetteville Police made contact with occupants at a home on Betty Jo Drive who had a possible link to the robbery. 5NEWS Crews were asked to stay back from the home due to safety concerns.
At approximately 7:11 a.m. six additional police units arrived on scene. Police were seen patting down one man who was inside the home, two others were seen sitting in the yard of the home.
Shortly after that, police told a man he had five seconds to come out or they are going in. Officers went inside the home minutes after but did not bring anyone out.
Just before 8 a.m. police handcuffed a black man at the scene wearing a white tank top and took him away in a police cruiser.
At approximately 8:15 a.m. a white man wearing a grey shirt and black shorts was also arrested. A woman at the home was seen screaming as the man was taken away. Investigators continued to question the residents at the home after the second arrest.
The items allegedly stolen from the taxi driver were returned, according to police.