by David Koon
The two suspects arrested in last night's murder of one Park Plaza Mall restaurant worker and the wounding of another have been identified by the Little Rock Police Department.
Sgt. Cassandra Davis said the suspects are Deonte Edison, 18, of 2615 Bishop St., and Tristan Bryant, 20, of 2708 Center St. Davis said that officers responding to the scene around 9:45 last night were able to obtain information on possible suspects, and Edison and Bryant were arrested at 2511 Bishop St. a little over two hours after the murder. Davis said she wasn't able to reveal how the information about the suspects was obtained. Both Bryant and Edison have been charged with one count of capital murder, and one count of attempt to commit capital murder. Davis said police still believe the motive was robbery.
The Sbarro pizza worker who died is identified in the LRPD incident report as
Bryan Williams, 30, of 6000 West Markham. (Sgt. Davis has just sent a correction to the incident report, which should have said that Christian Hayes died of his injuries, not Williams. Williams is the business manager of Sbarro's.) The woman who was wounded was Jashonta Thomas, 18, of Little Rock. She remains in St. Vincent Hospital in critical condition.
UPDATE: Someone sent us a link to a page that purports to be photos taken by Deonte Edison. Featured prominently on the page, along with photos of Edison, is a photo of a .380 automatic pistol taken four days ago, with the owner of the page commenting on the photo: "JUST a new lil toy."