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Hooliganism in downtown Little Rock

By: 1 March 2011 4 Comments

See that lady in the photo?

That’s Erica Bonds, a Little Rock resident who was excited on Saturday because she bought a 2006 Saturn Vue that afternoon. She wasn’t too happy because that car was broken into Saturday night — part of what First Arkansas News has learned is becoming a disturbing trend in the area.

Bonds went to a performance of the Arkansas Symphony Performance at the Robinson Music Hall at 7 Statehouse Plaza in downtown Little Rock on Saturday night with her fiance, David Hudson. Yes, Hudson has written an article or two here at First Arkansas News and his computer geekery has proven invaluable at times to this site.

At any rate, the symphony started a 8 p.m. and the car was broken into — according to the police report — sometime between 9:30 and 9:55 p.m. The thief broke out the back window in the Vue and snatched Bonds’ purse, Apple iPhone 3G and Barnes & Nobles Nook. The hooligan had enough time to snag the charging and audio cables for the iPhone, too.

The disturbing thing about this is that the vehicle was parked in a lot across the street from Little Rock City Hall on 500 W. Markham. That particular lot is located less than two blocks from the Little Rock Police Department at 700 W. Markham, too. According to officers on the scene, such break-ins have become far too common in the area.

Now, let’s see here. The vehicle was parked across from City Hall and near the Police Department. And someone was still able to execute a successful “smash and grab?” Such incidents are fairly common?

Those are sad facts when you consider that a lot of money has been invested in downtown Little Rock over the past couple of decades in an attempt to transform the area from a crime-ridden mess into an entertainment destination. While downtown is certainly an entertainment destination, it seems there is still a substantial crime problem in the area.

Here’s hoping the city takes care of the problem. It’s simply bad business to attract people to an area where there’s a decent chance their cars will be broken into and property will be swiped.

Mad about this sad state of affairs? Make your voice heard. Send Mayor Mark Stod0la an email to and call on the city to cut down on downtown crime.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email =


  • johnkein said:

    Let me say that the “United Forensic College” is the friendliest, most helpful and accessible college out there right now. The Criminal Justice curriculum isn’t going to overwhelm you.

  • Jon said:

    I’ve been a resident of downtown for 2 years now things have gotten better. They have added security cameras to most area’s of the River Market however once you cross Broadway you are in “no-man’s land”
    They need camera’s around where people park and they need to be monitored!

  • Lance said:

    I’m also a resident of downtown but hopefuly not for very much longer. I’m tired of aggressive panhandlers, street crime, the overall lack of safety, and the cops who come off as thugs with badges.

    Recently, I was stopped on the street while walking my dog by a guy who said he needed money for his schizophrenia medication. He even asked me if I knew what schizophrenia was, which sounds a bit like a threat.

  • Little Rock Banks said:

    aww sorry to hear about the break in. I remember i got my new car and it got broken into almost immediately. Good luck! Little Rock Banks

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