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Man sentenced for attack on store manager

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A Scott man who attacked a Walmart manager last year and tried to steal her car was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to felony charges in Garland County Circuit Court.

Bryan Earl Taylor, 41, pleaded guilty to robbery and failure to appear and was sentenced to 10 years on each count, to run concurrently, while an additional felony count of theft of property more than $1,000 was withdrawn.

According to the affidavit, on Oct. 3, 2017, shortly before 5 a.m., Hot Springs police responded to a reported robbery at Walmart, 4019 Central Ave., and upon arrival found Taylor being restrained at the scene by store employees.

The store's manager, 51, stated another employee had told her that while he was on break in the parking lot he had seen a man, later identified as Taylor, checking door handles of vehicles in the lot.

The manager said she went out in the lot to make sure the doors to her own vehicle were locked when she was approached by Taylor. She asked him, "Can I help you?" and he said, "Yeah, I'm gonna take your (expletive) car!"

She said Taylor then tackled her to the ground and attempted to remove her key ring, which was attached to her belt loop. She said she called for help and her employee ran over, pulled Taylor off her and then held him there until police arrived.

The employee told police he saw Taylor attack the manager and attempt to steal her keys. A pair of work boots and a wallet found in Taylor's possession were determined to have been stolen from the store.

Taylor was arrested and later released on $5,000 bond on Oct. 30, 2017. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Dec. 5, 2017, but then failed to appear at a scheduled hearing on May 5, 2018, so a warrant was issued. He was arrested again on June 2, 2018, on the additional felony failure to appear charge and had remained in custody since then.

Local on 08/10/2018

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