Archive for the ‘AR’ Category

November 22, 2005

Little Rock, Arkansas

From Little Rock’s of November 21, 2005

Victim of Domestic Abuse Shoots Husband

A Little Rock man continues to recover after Police say his ex-wife took a gun and shot him in self-defense. The incident happened Monday morning at 7105 Fourche Dam Pike in Little Rock. Police say 50 year old Judy Melton shot her 50 year old ex-husband Eddie Melton. According to Little Rock Police, Melton showed up at the residence, got very angry because his ex-wife wouldn’t let him in, and then he proceeded to kick in the door, and she shot him.

Police say he has a record of domestic abuse. Just last year, Police sat he kept Judy Melton hostage for 6 hours at gunpoint.

“Mom — didn`t want to press the charges all the way, because everything kind of blew over,” said the couple’s son Michael Melton.

Judy Melton is not facing charges at this time, but the case will be reviewed by the prosecutor.


October 28, 2005

Fort Smith, Arkansas

From Fort Smith‘s of October 27, 2005

Police Investigate Attempted Home Invasion

Shots rang out in a Fort Smith neighborhood Thursday, part of what police now say was an attempted home invasion.

According to police, a man who just got out of jail tried to get back into a home where he once lived. About 1 p.m. Thursday, police said Marvin Wilson, 42, showed up at a home on the corner of 46th and Kinkead.

Wilson’s brother and another woman who lived inside would not let him in the home. That’s when, police said, he got angry, which caused Alonzo Wilson — Marvin’s brother — to use force to keep him out.

Officials said they believe he fired one shot at Marvin Wilson, who was not hit. Marvin Wilson reportedly took off in his car but did not get far.

Police said he caused an accident at Towson and Dodson.

According to officials, he fled the scene of that accident and was stopped at North O and arrested.

“He was involved in a hit and run at Towson and Dodson, so he’ll be looking at charges there,” said Fort Smith police spokesman Jarrard Copeland. “I believe his drivers license may be suspended, so he’ll be looking at additional charges for that. So it’s probably a whole list of things he’s looking at.”

Police said they believe Wilson might have been under the influence of alcohol at the time as well. Plus, he is a convicted felon who should not have been in possession of a firearm.

September 3, 2005

De Queen, Arkansas

From the September 2, 2005 Texarkana Gazette:

DE QUEEN, Ark.-Police are investigating a home invasion shooting that left a Texarkana resident dead.

James Douglas Harrison, 48, a former resident of the Randy Sams Shelter for the Homeless in Texarkana, was killed about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was shot while allegedly breaking into a home in De Queen, said De Queen Police Lt. Troy Cravens.

“There were several points where he had tried to make entry into the house. The homeowner had fought him back once and when he (Harrison) tried to get back in, the homeowner shot him,” Cravens said.

He said there is no known connection between the homeowner, Hermileo Camacho, and Harrison.

No charges are expected to be filed against Camacho.

August 23, 2005

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

From Little Rock’s of July 11, 2005

Police are still trying to sort out a bizarre shooting in Pine Bluff. It happened around 12:45 this afternoon. Police say two men got into an argument over a woman in the 1900 block of E. 10th St.

One man reportedly brought a crowbar to a residence, where he was then shot twice by the occupant. The man`s injuries were not severe.

Police have not made an arrest yet. They are still trying to determine if the shooter acted in self-defense.

No subsequent stories about this incident were found.

July 29, 2005

Hope, Arkansas

From the July 20, 2005 Hope Star:

A teenage girl shot a 48-year-old man who allegedly was attacking her at her home Tuesday morning, July 19, sending him to a Texarkana hospital.

The incident took place on County Road13, just north of McNab. According to the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, Ben Haywood, 48, the teen told them Haywood began to hit her and tried to undress her, pulling her shirt off.

The girl got away from Haywood, according to the HCSO, and hid in a closet at the rear of the home. She was found by Haywood and once again he began to beat the girl. After a period of confrontation, the girl was able to grab a 9mm rifle from a gun rack that was near her and shot the alleged attacker — hitting him in the left leg. She then fled to search for help.

July 21, 2005

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

From June 28, 2005 Pine Bluff Commercial:

A Pine Bluff man arrested after a fatal shooting Sunday night was freed Monday pending further investigation.

Jerry Wilson, 37, of the 6300-block of Mulberry Street, had been held on probable cause of first-degree murder in connection with the death of James Castillo at a house in the 1300-block of Stowe Road.

“The state notified the court that the investigation is continuing and we’re not ready to make a recommendation on charges at this time,” Prosecuting Attorney Steve Dalrymple said.

The death of Castillo is being investigated as Jefferson County’s fifth homicide of 2005 and the first outside the Pine Bluff city limits this year.

Castillo, 42, of the 6300-block of Shannon Road, was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m. by Deputy Coroner John Lawson of apparent multiple gunshot wounds. The body was sent to the state Crime Laboratory at Little Rock for an autopsy.

Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the house, off U.S. 270 near German Springs Road, at approximately 8:59 p.m. after Wilson called 911 and said an intruder had broken into the house and attacked him and his girlfriend, Mary Castillo.

Wilson said he shot the intruder several times, and identified him as James Castillo, the woman’s ex-husband, authorities said.

Investigator Thaddeus Handley said in a report James and Mary Castillo had been separated for more than a year. James Castillo had not lived at the house on Stowe Road during that period, Handley said.

“There appeared to be a degree of justification in the shooting and I instructed our investigators to get the information to the prosecutor immediately so he could make a determination,” Chief Deputy Gerald Robinson said.

March 19, 2005

Crawfordsville, Arkansas

From the West Memphis Evening Times of December 28, 2004

Victim shoots robbers in C’ville

Despite being shot, an 80 year-old Crawfordsville man was able to hold his own against two would-be robbers last night, leaving one man dead and another wounded.

According to Investigator Thomas Martin with the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department, Clarence Cochran operates a small store which is called The Neighborhood Store out of his home on Greene Street in Crawfordsville.

Martin said that Cochran was approached by two black male suspects last night around 8:30 p.m., and the situation quickly escalated from there.

“It appears that the two black male suspects entered the store with the intent of robbing it. One of the men shot at the homeowner, striking him in the abdomen,” said Martin. “Mr. Cochran then retrieved his own weapon, a .38 caliber pistol, and shot at both suspects striking them both.”

Cochran was airlifted from the scene to The Med. Deputies on the scene said that Cochran was alert and able to speak to them, but due to his age and the injury, he was airlifted out as a precautionary measure.

Martin said that of the two suspects who were shot by Cochran, one suspect was pronounced dead on the scene.

“We do not have an identification on the deceased suspect at this time, however, we do believe that we know who the man is. We are waiting on positive identification before we release his name,” said Martin.

The second suspect, Antonio Bass, 21, left the scene. However, he was identified by witnesses and was later apprehended at Crittenden Memorial Hospital when he arrived for treatment of his gunshot wounds, according to Martin. He gave police an address of 2802 E. Jackson in West Memphis.

“Bass has been charged with aggravated robbery, and is currently being held at The Med in Memphis where he is receiving further treatment of his wounds,” said Martin.

March 16, 2005

Little Rock, Arkansas

From Little Rock‘s of March 15, 2005

Police Continue to Search for Suspects in Attempted Jewelry Robbery

Several suspects are still on the loose Tuesday night after police say they tried to rob two jewelry merchants in Little Rock Monday afternoon. Up to seven suspects were reportedly involved. Two are in custody, one was shot and killed, and three or four others are still on the loose.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jairo Andres Martinez and 25-year-old Raul Adolfo Camaro were arrested Monday afternoon on charges of aggravated robbery, theft, and manslaughter.

Police say the two men plus four or five others, tried to rob two jewelry merchants from Texas while at Cecil’s Fine Jewelry in west Little Rock.

A shootout began and the two merchants, who were also armed, shot back at the suspects. One suspect was hit in the shootout, dropped off near a local hospital, and later died.

From the Memphis Commercial-Appeal of May 7, 2005

Gem salesmen fired all shots during botched Ark. robbery

Two jewelry salesmen who resisted a robbery attempt outside a west Little Rock jewelry store in March were apparently well-armed.

All five guns confiscated after the botched robbery on March 14 belonged to the two salesmen, according to testimony Thursday by Detective Linda Keel, and all 21 shell casings found at the scene had been ejected from those five guns, she said.

Keel testified at a bond hearing for two men arrested in the case. One man died at a hospital after the shootings, and two others remain at large.

Police had said at the time that the two salesmen — brothers Charles and Roy Hirschberg, both of Dallas — exchanged fire with the five robbers. But test results found no shell casings that had come from any gun other than the five belonging to the brothers.

Prosecutors say no charges will be filed against the salesmen because they acted within the law. The Hirschbergs were licensed to carry concealed weapons, authorities said.

Keel testified that the brothers said they believed someone was firing at them, so they returned fire.

She said the only weapon discovered in a getaway car was a knife used during the robbery.

Andre G. Felipe, 26, died after the shootings. Police said he was one of a group of five men who accosted the salesmen in a parking lot outside a jewelry store where the salesmen had just shown their goods. The men grabbed the bags containing the salesmen’s merchandise, and the salesmen opened fire with guns they were carrying.

The robbers fled in a van and a car, but the car crashed nearby and two men were arrested. All of the stolen jewelry was recovered from the crashed car.

The two men arrested, Raul Camaro and Jairo Martinez, remain in the Pulaski County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond each.

October 23, 2004

Little Rock, Arkansas

From the October 13, 2004 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

A postal worker’s “eerie screams” and cries for help early Tuesday were answered by a Little Rock man who jumped out of bed, grabbed his gun and ended an assault by shooting the attacker, authorities said.

“He probably saved my life,” Samuel Baggett said of Mark Brisco in a telephone interview from his home after his release from Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

Baggett, 48, of Sherwood was robbed about 3 a.m. at the postal branch at 1700 Main St., where he worked repairing mail-sorting machines.

Police said the attacker, identified as Bobby Don Releford of Little Rock, was in a hospital Tuesday night with a single gunshot wound in his stomach. Police were searching for an accomplice in the case.

October 13, 2004

Fort Smith, Arkansas

From the Fort Smith Times Record of August 26, 2004

Store Clerk Fires Gun At Robber

An armed man was making his getaway after robbing a Fort Smith convenience store Wednesday night when a store clerk drew a gun and began firing at the robber, police said.

The robbery occurred at Mr. Jiff, 5307 Towson Ave. Police said a man armed with a large-caliber handgun walked into the store shortly before 9 p.m., pointed the gun at the clerk on duty and demanded money.

The robber left the store with a cash register drawer containing an undetermined amount of money, Fort Smith police Capt. Donald Howard said. The man got into a vehicle described as a red sports coupe and was last seen driving east on Vicksburg Street.

As the robber was driving away, the clerk ran out of the store with a handgun and fired three shots at the vehicle, Howard said. Police found no signs that the vehicle or the robber were hit, but area hospitals were notified in case the man was injured and sought treatment, he said.

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