The LRPD says that the same three men were responsible for an early-Saturday shooting on Fair Park Blvd. that left two men wounded, and an armed robbery of a woman carrying shoes just after 9:30 a.m. at Park Plaza Mall.
FAIR PARK SHOOTING: According to police, just after 5 a.m. on Saturday morning, officers responded to the Paper Moon club at 3301 Mabelvale Pike about a report of a robbery in progress. Once there, an employee told police that there had been a fight in the club which had progressed to the parking lot. Eventually, the witness said, four men began pointing guns at several Middle-Eastern men in a white Toyota, with the suspects later fleeing in a gray Dodge Intrepid. While police were questioning witnesses, they received a call about a shooting at an apartment building at 3401 Fair Park Blvd. When police responded to that location, they found four Middle Eastern men, with one of them, identified in the report as Matar Alsuhaymi, 23, laying on his back with several gunshot wounds to his chest. Another of the men had also suffered a gunshot wound to his buttocks.Paramedics responded, and later took Alsuhaymi and two of the other men to UAMS. Alsuhaymi’s wounds are described as life threatening. A witness told police that while the four men were at Paper Moon, they’d gotten into an argument with a group of men there. After leaving the club and going back to their apartment, the witness said, the men followed them home, attempted to rob them and then began shooting as they ran inside.
SHOE THEFT: At around 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, police received a call that a robbery had just occurred at Park Plaza Mall at 101. N. University. On scene, police met with a female victim, who said she had come to the mall that day to purchase pairs of Nike “Jordan” shoes on their release date. When she walked into the mall, the woman said, she was followed by two men she’d seen in the parking lot. After purchasing the shoes, the woman was walking to her car when one of the men approached her, pulled out a black handgun, racked a shell into the chamber and pointed it at her before saying “Let me get those off you.” The woman handed over the shoes, and the two men ran to a tan, 4-door car. The woman was able to follow the men out of the parking deck and get their license plate number before calling 911, at which point, dispatchers advised her to stop following the car. Shortly after, a patrol unit spotted a 2001 Buick LeSaber matching the description of the suspect vehicle driving on Wright Ave. After pulling the car over, police arrested three men: Antonio Cheeter, 27, John Rawls, 21, and Walter Oates, 22. Upon searching the car, police recovered several bags of shoes, along with a magazine for a Glock pistol.
After Cheeter, Oates and Rawls were arrested for the shoe theft, police said, witnesses in the Fair Park shooting identified Oates from a photo lineup as one of the men present when Matar Alsuhaymi was shot at his apartment on Fair Park Blvd. Rawls and Oates were subsequently arrested on 2 counts of aggravated robbery, while Cheeter was arrested on two counts of first-degree battery, 2 counts of aggravated robbery, and possession of a firearm by a felon.