Robbed Before: Springdale Store Owners Speak Out After Shooting Armed Suspect

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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.

For more information on the attempted armed robbery, click here.


  • velda

    The owner’s would have likely been killed if they didn’t stand up and protect themselves.

    A kid at a Papa John’s in Tennessee was just murdered by two black guys just like these two. The kid was 100% compliant and huge cameras were all over in open sight along with a TV monitor showing that the cameras were real. This poor kid had no way to defend himself. His name was Gordon Schaffer, 22.
    He was killed last month and they have not caught the guys yet. This would have been the same case at the Pawnshop if the owners didn’t fight for their lives.

  • Zaphod

    Love how you traitors at News 5 are more concerned broadcasting the voice of another IDIOT just like yourselves instead of focusing on the fact the woman who owned the store didn’t end up DEAD because she wasn’t packing heat. You’re yet another exemplary example of why I no longer watch TV. You people are traitors to the USA and decent people trying to live and defend themselves from scum thugs little better than you.

  • Fanfare Ends

    “and a black duffle bag containing duct tape.”

    That’s racism! Plus, the fact that the books deflected their bullet, that shows white privilege because everyone knows that reading is the white worlds conspiracy against blacks!

    Everyone must be illiterate, and white people being robbed must not be allowed to fire back!

    /sarcasm off, for the intellectually challenged.

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