Three Faulkner County residents are facing attempted aggravated robbery charges following a Dec. 30 incident where a man was held at gunpoint at the Super 8 Hotel in Conway.
Ian Lucas, 19, and Dakota Pankey, 18, both of Conway along with Nicholas Pope, 20, of Greenbrier were each being held in the county jail without bond as of press time Tuesday. The three were arrested Monday morning on suspicion of attempted aggravated robbery.
According to an incident report, Conway police received a call at 11:47 p.m. Dec. 30 from a man saying his uncle "had been held at gunpoint approximately three minutes before the call."
The victim told police that two females were calling out to him from a dark-colored Chevrolet Malibu in the parking lot. He said it wasn't until he got close to the vehicle that three males jumped out and began threatening him.
The suspects were all wearing masks, but the victim said the masks did not fully cover their faces.
"He said one of the males said something along the lines of, 'You're about to be robbed,'" the report reads.
As the victim was telling the three men who were threatening him that they were being recorded by security cameras, one of the suspects "pulled a silver handgun that was either a 9mm or a .45 and told him to move closer to the vehicle."
While asking the victim for more details regarding the incident, the victim said the car was dirty, "like they live in the country." He also pulled up some text messages on his phone between him and a female whom he believed to be in the suspect vehicle.
The victim said the girl was the daughter of a Conway Police Department officer who was recently kicked out of her home and had no money. An arrangement was made, he said, for the girl to give him whatever valuable items she had in return for money and a room to stay in for the night, adding that prostitution was not part of the deal.
"There isn't anything about me paying for sex. Just what she had of value," the victim said.
The girl sent him messages from two separate numbers, and when officers called the first number, Lucas answered.
Lucas was questioned about his whereabouts over the past few minutes. He said he had been at his home in the 1200 block of Hamilton Street.
Officers went to the home and were met by Lucas, Pankey and Pope along with two females.
One of the girls said she was unsure as to why the victim had photos of her, which the officer noted were Snapchat screenshots. The officer also asked how the victim received photos of the girl from Lucas's phone.
"Neither one of them could give an explanation," one officer wrote in his report. "While I was speaking with those two, Pankey was sitting on the couch beside [the other female]. He did not have a shirt on, and I observed his chest to be rapidly moving up and down as if he were breathing hard."
The officer also noted that at one point during his conversation with the suspects, they each lit a cigarette and "puffed them nervously."
Lucas, Pankey and Pope were arrested Monday morning on suspicion of attempted aggravated robbery in reference to the aforementioned incident.
As of press time Tuesday, formal charges and a court date had not been set in any of the three suspects' cases.