Little Rock teenager charged with machine gun possession freed by federal judge

A federal investigative judge ordered a Little Rock man, arrested last week in a homicide investigation, be released on Wednesday.

Davyon Roberts, 18, was arrested Dec. 20 after Bryant police found him in possession of a conversion device, also known as a Glock switch, which is used to convert a handgun semi -automatic in automatic weapon, according to reports.

The vehicle Roberts was in when Bryant police arrested him, a blue Ford Crown Victoria, matched the description of a vehicle linked to a double homicide investigation in Little Rock.

When police searched Roberts, the Glock switch fell out of his pants and police found a Model 23 .40 caliber Glock pistol under the driver’s seat, according to reports.

The handgun that police found had a missing backplate, indicating that someone had or intended to modify the weapon to make it automatic, according to a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco , firearms and explosives. Roberts is charged with possession of a machine gun.

Just before midnight on Dec. 19, police found two men shot dead in a stolen vehicle near the entrance to Baptist Health Medical Center. Police identified the men as Kenneth West, 19, and Judge Moore, 20, both of Little Rock.

While the vehicle Roberts was driving matched the description of a vehicle linked to the Little Rock homicide investigation, U.S. Magistrate Judge Edie Ervin said there was no evidence linking him to the shooting. of Little Rock on December 19.

“I’m giving you a chance, and if there’s any problem, I won’t hesitate to revoke your link,” Ervin told Roberts.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Eldridge argued for Roberts’ detention, saying a long string of cases in which Roberts currently faces charges or has been named in police reports indicate violent behavior.

“Your honor, there are no sub-conditions that will reasonably ensure the safety of the community from this defendant,” Eldridge said.

In July, Roberts and Alvictor Denton, 36, were arrested after an altercation in Lark Place where two men shot each other, witnesses said. Vehicles and a residence were hit, but no one was injured in the shooting, according to reports.

Roberts and Denton were charged with five counts of committing a terrorist act during the incident, and Roberts was released on $25,000 bond.

Roberts was also arrested in February after a shooting in which a 17-year-old was shot in the leg.

Police say officers responded to a call in the 14000 block of Otter Creek Parkway where people had gathered to watch two girls fight.

CCTV footage showed six armed men, three of them carrying AR-15s. The men fired into the crowd and into the air, police said. Roberts and five other people have been charged in the incident.

Ervin agreed to release Roberts from custody under conditions, requiring electronic monitoring, drug testing, and that he continue to attend high school.

After Wednesday’s hearing, Eldridge appealed Ervin’s decision to release Roberts, saying the decision “was wrong based on the evidence presented at the defendant’s detention hearing and should be overturned.” .

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