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Carlos Larios (31) was robbed in the parking lot of his apt. complex while
walking to his car. He was shot in the hand as he tried
to run back into his apartment.
Then police say another shot was fired in the parking lot of the complex.
According to the police report the robber approached Bittengle and his
71-year-old mother in the apt. parking lot.
After taking the elderly woman's purse, he turned and for no reason shot
the Professor in the abdomen.
UAMS Professor Joseph Bittengle (50) died at the hospital.
Professor Bittingle (Division Director) was employed at Radiologic Imaging
Sciences, at UAMS and is spoken of as a dedicated teacher.
Previously in the same week, Brandon Johnson robbed and shot
Dr. Akshaya Nandam (26) in the parking lot of another apartment
Dr. Akshaya Nandam was a Mechanical Design Engineer working for Satyam
Computer Services Limited in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Eric Jarmin (24) was shot and killed while in the parking lot of another apartment
These men were gunned down by brutal thugs who were deliberately targeting
Hispanics, or those they thought were Hispanic because they mistakenly
thought that Hispanics were afraid of, and didn't trust banks and carried large
sums of money.
Brandon Johnson (20)
Shamar Womack (29)
and Victoria McCoy are under arrest for the murders and police say "there
still could be one more person at large."
Prosecutors deem Johnson a "cold blooded killer and a danger to society."
None of the three were allowed out on bond.
Brandon Johnson is charged with three counts of capital murder and several
counts of aggravated robbery. Shamar Womack is charged with aggravated
robbery and battery. Victoria McCoy, Johnson's girlfriend, is charged with
using one of the victim's credit cards.
More charges are likely to be filed.
Brandon Johnson "I did nothing, I'm gonna get my lawyer."
"Just because I was there, doesn't mean I pulled the trigger."