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November armed robbery suspect in court Monday

Posted: January 4, 2014 - 3:35pm
Rickiyia Oliphant, 20.  COURTESY OF FAULKNER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
COURTESY OF FAULKNER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Rickiyia Oliphant, 20.

One of four charged in a series of Nov. 17 armed robberies is set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday morning.

Rickiyia Briana Oliphant, 20, of Conway, who faces two charges of aggravated robbery, two charges of theft of property by threat of serious injury, theft by receiving and fraudulent use of a credit card, is scheduled to appear before Circuit Judge Mike Maggio at 9 a.m.

Following three armed robberies, Oliphant was charged with theft by receiving and fraudulent use of a credit card on Nov. 25. Almost a month later, Faulkner County prosecutors also charged Oliphant with two counts each of aggravated robbery and theft of property by threat of serious injury on Dec. 23.

In addition to Oliphant, Devante Williams, 19, of Mabelvale, and Curtis Devante Wright, 18, of Little Rock, also face two counts each of aggravated robbery and theft of property by threat of serious injury.

A 16-year-old Little Rock student faces three counts each of aggravated robbery and theft of property by threat of serious injury.

Days after three Conway residents were robbed at gunpoint within two hours of one another, police received the first significant tip in the case when a Little Rock Police Department and school resource officer was able to identify Williams, a student in Little Rock, and believed the Little Rock minor to be another one of the suspects from security footage, according to an affidavit.

The next day, the same officer was able to apprehend the teen, who had appeared in court, the affidavit states.

After being read his juvenile Miranda warnings, with his attorney present, the minor admitted to investigators that he, Wright and Williams committed the three armed robberies Nov. 17 in Conway. He also told investigators that Oliphant was the driver of the vehicle, along with another passenger, who has not been charged, according to court records.

According to the affidavit, the minor said the four split the profits of the night, approximately $200 a piece. More than $1,600 was reported stolen, according to Conway Police Department incident reports.

On Dec. 20, Conway police announced the arrests of Williams, Oliphant and the minor, and stated officers were still searching for another suspect, which is believed to be Wright.

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