LR bank robbed in Hillcrest Neighborhood; 2 arrested


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– A bank robbed at gunpoint in the heart of a Little Rock neighborhood Thursday morning lands two people in jail Thursday night. 

It happened around 9a.m. at the Simmons Bank branch on Kavanuagh Boulevard near Beechwood Street. 

According to Pulaski County jail arrest reports, Bryan Anderson and Detric Wilson were booked into jail in connection with bank robbery. 

22-year-old Detric Wilson’s arrest report reads “he provided a recorded statement admitting to robbing the bank.”

20-year-old Bryan Anderson’s arrest report read he “admitted he was going to help Mr. Wilson.”

We met Otis Edge as he walked his dog Maxine near the branch Thursday. 

“Well I just walked about a block toward Allsopp Park,” he said. 

He talked about their daily walk in the Hillcrest neighborhood. 

Edge said, “Well I started looking as I was walking along. (I was) Afraid I might see him, you know.”

Thursday morning’s routine took an unusual turn right before we met the pair. 

“A police man stopped me and asked me not to go down in the park. And I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Well a bank was robbed.’ And that they don’t know where at least one of them is and thought he might be down there,” Edge told us. 

LRPD said a man with a gun robbed the Simmons Bank in the Hillcrest Neighborhood around 9 a.m. then ran off.  

In less than an hour officers arrested the suspected robber and a man believed to have been an accomplice. 

One suspect said, “Get the **** out of my face.”

We tried to get their side of the story outside the detective division before the two headed to jail. 

We met Jim Sheren outside the bank Thursday afternoon. 

“Well, they’ve been my bank for many years,” he said. 

Sheren didn’t hear about the robbery until after the location had closed for the day. 

“My God. I just wondered if anyone got hurt because I know the ladies that work in there,” he said. 

Hearing no one was hurt calmed the 71-year-old some. 

“Well, I’m worried you know. I worry a little bit about my own safety,” he said.

We also met Bobby Ryder outside the bank.

“It seems to be a nice part of town but this could happen anywhere,” he said.

Ryder eats regularly near the Kavanaugh Boulevard, bank branch. 

Ryder said, “Stupid. I don’t know. There’s so much of it going on these days. The world seems to be so crazy.”

The quick arrests helped Edge not feel on edge. 

“I felt well protected,” Edge told us.

He was able to finish walking Maxine and take her to the local groomer. 

Both Anderson and Wilson were booked into the Pulaski County Jail for aggravated robbery and theft of property, according to the jail’s website. 

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