A store clerk fended off a man who attempted to rob a Pine Bluff convenience store on Friday.
A $10,000 bond was set on Monday for Victor Winston, 29, during a probable cause hearing. Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling that prosecutors have probable cause to charge Winston with robbery.
Police arrived at Big Red, located at 2401 East 6th Avenue in Pine Bluff at about 8:00am, according to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Detective Jeremy Oswalt. When they arrived, they found a store clerk subduing Winston.
A witness told police he was delivering merchandise when he heard Winston demand money. Winston then attacked and repeatedly struck the clerk before the clerk could grab a pool cue and hit Winston multiple times, causing the cue to break, the witness said.
The clerk was then able to detain Winston until police arrived. The clerk received a bruised left cheek, and his teeth were knocked loose during the altercation.
Oswalt reported that police could not obtain a statement from the clerk due to his lack of ability to speak English, and he could not interview Winston due to an impairment of an unknown type.
Winston said in court Monday that he would hire his own attorney.