The teenage suspect currently awaiting formal murder charges in a Jan. 16 shooting has been charged in an unrelated armed robbery.
The incident in question was the 2:10 a.m. Jan. 4 robbery of the EZ Mart on Highway 52 in North Crossett.
The 10th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s office filed a criminal information sheet stating that Brian C. Pollock, 16, was charged with aggravated robbery on Jan. 27. The papers state that on or about Jan. 4 Pollock, while armed with a deadly weapon, “did threaten to immediately employ physical force against Chance Burchfield with the purpose to commit theft of property.”
Pollock has not previously been publicly identified as the suspect in the homicide case for which he is being detained, but the court filing says Pollock is being detained on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Ashley County Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon had previously said the at-that-time unnamed teenage suspect in the shooting death of Joshua Couser, 17, was also considered the suspect in the EZ Mart robbery.
The robbery charge Pollock faces is punishable as a Class Y offense punishable for not less than 10 years and not more than 40 years in prison.
Neither Pollock nor the two adults arrested in connection with the murder — Brandon J. Fields, 21, and Daylon E. Manning, 22 — have been formally charged, though the 10th Judicial District Court has determined there is enough probable cause to charge them.
Investigators have largely declined to release details of the case to the public. Couser’s body was discovered on Ashley 16 with several apparent gunshot wounds.
10th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen said last week when he determines what charges the suspects face, Pollock will be charged as an adult.
Pollock will go before a judge on March 9. He is currently being detained by the Ashley County Sheriff’s Department, as are Fields and Manning.