Suspect in Little Rock bank holdup robbed nearby store the day before, police say


Photographs by Thomas Metthe

Little Rock police officers investigate a robbery at the U.S. Bank branch at 6004 Baseline Road on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.

A 28-year-old who was arrested after a bank robbery Friday morning is also suspected in the Thursday holdup of a beauty supply store, police said.

Brandon Marcelis of North Little Rock was arrested on two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of theft Friday, Little Rock Police Department spokesman Lt. Michael Ford said.

Both robberies took place during the day, and the businesses are less than 400 feet apart.

The second holdup took place around 11:30 a.m. Friday at the U.S. Bank branch at 6004 Baseline Road, which is near the street’s intersection with Geyer Springs Road, Ford said. According to police, no one was hurt in the holdup, and the bank’s property was recovered.

Less than 24 hours earlier, a gunman robbed the Beauty Gallery robbery at 5919 Baseline Road, a separate report states. Authorities said the robber pointed a gun at employees around 1:15 p.m. and told them to put all the money from the store’s cash register into a bag.

Employees told officers that they had had helped him shop for a belt when he came into the business.

The workers said they weren’t sure how much money was in the bag, but added that the robber had also taken the belt and a few more items when he left, according to the report.

Ford said Friday that the store’s property had not yet been recovered.

Marcelis was being held at the Pulaski County jail Friday afternoon, according to police. He is set to appear in court Aug. 17.


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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette deputy editor Jillian Kremer contributed to this story.


JIMBOB47 says...

If you don't have any information, why publish the story??

Posted 10 August 2018, 1:11 p.m. Suggest removal

Cliffdweller says...

I respectfully disagree with you JIMBO47. This is considered breaking news. This is all they know at this time. You can say the same thing about the Trade Towers on 9/11. But unlike broadcast and cable news media, no one at the Dem Gaz is endlessly speculating unknown and probably non-factual nonsense. The Dem Gaz is doing the right thing.

Posted 10 August 2018, 1:42 p.m. Suggest removal

JPRoland says...

Cliffdweller is correct. It is a breaking story. But, I also wish we knew a description of a person or vehicle to keep an eye out for.

Posted 10 August 2018, 1:55 p.m. Suggest removal

LR1955 says...

Authorities said one person, described as a "possible suspect," was in custody

Probably because he matches the camera images or is covered in exploding money dye.

Posted 10 August 2018, 2:23 p.m. Suggest removal

itryed says...

Cliffdweller talking about FOX

Posted 10 August 2018, 2:54 p.m. Suggest removal

Razrbak says...

Did the bank hand out a TracPak with the cash?

Posted 10 August 2018, 5:17 p.m. Suggest removal

HarleyOwner says...

According to Fox a black guy was arrested. (no surprise there)

Posted 10 August 2018, 6:06 p.m. Suggest removal

titleist10 says...

Jus supplementing his free govt hand outs

Posted 10 August 2018, 6:22 p.m. Suggest removal

NoUserName says...

According to police, Mr. Marcelis was apparently on parole at the time of the robberies.

Posted 10 August 2018, 6:26 p.m. Suggest removal

Lsull says...

Here we go again on parole more crimes.

Posted 10 August 2018, 7:43 p.m. Suggest removal

Dontsufferfools says...

I think all parolees who have committed robberies should wear GPS tracking devices. I think it would greatly reduce recidivism, at least during the parole period. Might even be a good idea for the state to offer nonviolent property crime offenders early parole if they agree to wear tracking devices for a period beyond their parole term.

Posted 10 August 2018, 10:09 p.m. Suggest removal

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