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Clerk held at gunpoint in Maumelle gas station robbery arrested for alleged involvement

Joelle Stevens, 31 of North Little Rock, was arrested on Tuesday after police discovered her involvement in the armed robbery in which she was held at gunpoint. (Photo: Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)

The person originally believed to be the victim in an armed robbery at a Maumelle gas station in December was arrested on Tuesday after police discovered her involvement in the crime.

Joelle Stevens, 31 of North Little Rock, was arrested after one of the three suspects already in custody for the December 18th armed robbery of the Shell gas station on Highway 365 North in Maumelle, told police he wanted to provide more information about the incident.

According to an updated police report, suspect Eric Criswell told detectives on Monday that he knew the clerk (Stevens) and that Stevens was aware of the robbery. Criswell said that Stevens helped plan the robbery in her van before Criswell dropped her off at work. Both the gun and getaway van used in the robbery allegedly belonged to Stevens, according to Criswell.

When police went to interview Stevens on Tuesday, detectives told her they wanted to know about her knowledge of the robbery. Stevens stated that she knew the robbery was going to occur and said Criswell planned the robbery. According to Stevens, she owed Criswell two-hundred dollars and "in order to pay him back, [Criswell] was going to take part in the robbery." Stevens was reportedly told to "act scared" when the man police believe was Jonathan Graydon came in and demanded money be put in a plastic bag while holding a gun.

Stevens now faces both a misdemeanor and felony charge of conspiracy to commit theft. Stevens has already posted bond. The three other suspects in the robbery remain behind bars at the Pulaski County Detention Center.

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