SPRINGDALE (KFSM) - Two suspects are in custody after Springdale Police said they robbed C & S Gun and Pawn shop at gun-point Saturday morning (Dec. 6). According to police, the owner of the shop shot one of the suspects.
Police said 25-year-old Marcus Gould and 20-year-old Leon Roberson are in custody after attempting to rob the store carrying semi-automatic pistols. They said the owner, Shirley Cornett, pulled out her .38 revolver and shot Gould in the arm as he was jumping over the counter towards her husband, Clint.
Owner Clint Cornett spoke to 5NEWS about the incident at their home Sunday night. Cornett said his wife was still very shaken up, and said the bullet that Gould fired back at her hit a stack of books on the counter, then hit her chest. He said the bullet did not break her skin.
Cornett said this isn't the first time an armed robbery has happened at their store. He said two years ago a similar situation happened, and said, "They didn't get away that easy last time."
Police said based off the surveillance footage, Shirley was the only employee who fired a weapon, and said it appeared to be in self-defense.
After the shots were fired, police said Roberson and Gould left the scene on foot, then drove to Fort Smith in Roberson's red Buick. Roberson dropped Gould off at Sparks hospital, then came back to see him, according to police. In the preliminary report, police said they arrested Roberson in the parking lot of the hospital after he tried to flee on foot.
Roberson is behind bars at the Washington County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond, according to the intake report. Police said both men are facing Attempted Capital Murder charges, as well as Aggravated Robbery charges. As of Sunday night (Dec. 7), Fort Smith police said Gould is still recovering at the hospital with a security detail.
Records show Roberson has been arrested several times in the past for robbery, burglary and theft. According to the preliminary report, Gould and Roberson are from California. The report states a search warrant was obtained for Roberson's vehicle. Police said they found a stolen bracelet, two handguns, bloody clothes, a bus ticket from Los Angeles to Fort Smith, and a black duffle bag containing duct tape.
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