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On March 11, 2018 at approximately 10 A.M. Officers with the Hot Springs Police Department responded to Mapco Gas Station on Central Avenue in regards to a stabbing that had just occurred. The victim, 52, was found lying on the ground by pump #7 in a small pool of blood. Officers administered first aid to the victim’s left leg to stop the bleeding from the multiple stab wounds. The victim had stab wounds on his left leg and one stab wound in his chest.
The report shows that the victim informed officers that the suspect, who was later positively identified as Lawrence Clayborn 48, stabbed him and robbed him of his wallet. The wallet contained $1450, the victim’s drivers license and the victim’s Social Security Card. The victim was transported to St. Vincent’s Emergency Room for additional medical treatment for his injuries.
Mapco surveillance video allegedly showed the victim and Clayborn arrive in separate vehicles. The video allegedly showed that the victim spoke to Clayborn inside the gas station, then Clayborn walked back to his vehicle which was parked at pump #7 and pumped $2.00 dollars worth of gas.
The video also allegedly showed that the victim walked out to Clayborn’s 2003 Buick LeSabre and sat in the passenger seat, while Clayborn sat in the driver’s seat. A struggle between the 2 ensued. . The victim exited the car with stab wounds to the leg and chest. The victim then fell to the ground.
The Buick departed the Mapco gas station traveling north on Central Avenue. Prior to this altercation, Clayborn paid for the $2.00 dollars in gas on pump #7 with his debit card. The fuel transaction receipt showed his full name.
A witness stated he was pumping gas at the time of the stabbing and heard the victim yell “Help, he’s trying to rob me”. The witness stated that he watched a short struggle inside the vehicle then the victim exited the vehicle bleeding from his left leg and chest. The witness also stated that the Buick departed Mapco when the victim exited the car.
Another witness stated that she was parked at the front of the gas station when she heard yelling from inside the vehicle at pump #7. She watched the victim exit the vehicle, and attempted to get the license plate number from the Buick as it was pulling away. This witness called 911 and gave the 911 Operator the license plate over the phone. A police computer check showed that the license plate number given was very similar to the one registered to Lawrence Clayborn.
HSPD Detective Hammons went to the registered address for the suspect vehicle and located the Buick, it was towed to the HSPD Headquarters. Clayborn voluntarily came in to the police department and gave a statement in reference to the incident. Having been Mirandized and understanding his rights, Clayborn allegedly admitted to stabbing the victim and taking his wallet.