A Little Rock grocery store owner on Thursday, March 15, protected his property and family when an armed man came into the store for what he thought would be easy cash. Arkansas Online states that before the robber got out of the store with the money, he also got a bullet in his left foot.
According to reports, 21-year-old Alvin Aikens entered the Santa Maria Mexican grocery store on Baseline Rd. in Little Rock, put a gun to the owner’s back and demanded cash. After taking the cash, Aikens then shot at the store owner when he saw him reaching for something. The store owner shot Aikens, hitting him once in the foot.
Aikens fled the scene and later led police on a chase before they detained him. He was arrested for aggravated robbery, theft of property and fleeing, after being treated and released from UAMS Medical Center.
Aikens was previously arrested in 2011for multiple aggravated robbery charges, in addition to being a suspect in a separate string of robberies.
The store owner’s 17-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son were at the store during the incident. None of which were injured.
The owner states:
“You think of your family only… You don't care about money…
Maybe they will come in again. I don't know. I don't want to stay home. I have to work. I have kids and I have to work for my family.”
He also states that his store has been robbed several times.
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