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Armed robbery suspect has cases transferred to Fifth Division

Posted: January 6, 2014 - 4:00pm

A Conway woman, who is one of four charged in a series of Nov. 17 armed robberies, was taken into custody in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday morning.

Rickiyia Briana Oliphant, 20, was originally charged with theft by receiving and fraudulent use of a credit card Nov. 23. Almost a month later, two charges each of aggravated robbery and theft of property were filed against Oliphant.

The Conway Police Department executed the arrest warrant for Oliphant, who was out on bond from the previous charges, during her court appearance Monday.

The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office website shows Oliphant is being held in the county jail. No bond is shown.

Before she was taken into custody, Circuit Judge Mike Maggio ordered for Oliphant’s cases to be transferred to the Fifth Division, due to an open case and a co-defendant, already there.

Maggio set a Wednesday hearing for Oliphant before Fifth Division Circuit Judge Amy Brazil. The co-defendant, a 16-year-old Little Rock student, is scheduled to appear the same day.

The minor is charged with three counts of aggravated robbery and three counts of theft of property.

Oliphant, the minor, Devante Williams and Curtis Devante Wright are accused of robbing three Conway residents at gunpoint Nov. 17.

Days after the robberies, with the help of a Little Rock school resource officer, Conway police were able to identify the 16-year-old as a suspect, and apprehend the individual.

According to an affidavit, the teen admitted to investigators — after being read his juvenile Miranda warnings and in the presence of his attorney — that he, Wright and Williams committed the armed robberies. The minor also stated that Oliphant was the driver of the vehicle.

Conway police announced the arrests of Williams, 19, of Mabelvale, Oliphant and the minor on Dec. 20. Police also said another suspect was being sought, which is believed to be Wright.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan. To comment on this and other stories, log on to thecabin.net.)

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