Two suspects taken into custody Tuesday night in connection with a suspicious death near Greenbrier still await charges, the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock confirmed Tuesday night that two suspects, 38-year-old Howard Dallas Short, and 25-year-old April Cullum were taken into custody by authorities in connection with the death of 64-year-old Michael Robb.
Cullum was taken into custody without incident by police in Atkins, while Short was apprehended after leading several agencies on a high-speed pursuit through three counties, a news release from the sheriff’s office states.
Shock said his office’s investigation began Monday when Robb’s sister called to report her brother missing. The sheriff’s office stated in a news release Wednesday that Robb’s sister reported she had not heard from her brother since July 15, and no one had seen him since July 31.
Shock said deputies were dispatched to Robb’s residence at 27 Wilson Road to investigate and observed a neighbor on the phone with emergency operators after finding Robb dead in his home. Authorities believe Robb died days before his body was discovered Tuesday.
Shock would not comment Tuesday night on Robb’s death, citing continued investigation and a pending autopsy, but did confirm that death by natural causes has been ruled out.
Through further investigation, deputies learned of activity on Robb’s bank accounts since he had been reported missing, and also discovered the victim’s truck missing. Shock said agencies were notified statewide of the suspects’ possible vehicle. The vehicle and suspects were located by an off-duty Atkins Police Department officer at a McDonald’s on Tuesday night, authorities said.
Atkins police officers were able to apprehend Cullum, but Short eluded police in a vehicle.
Authorities said Short led multiple agencies on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 40, beginning in Pope County, continuing through Faulkner County and into Pulaski County near Crystal Hill Road in North Little Rock. Shock said the pursuit reached speeds of more than 130 mph, and ended when the suspect’s vehicle began to have mechanical issues.
Shock said deputies were forced to break out a window of the vehicle to apprehend the suspect after he refused to open the door. The sheriff’s office stated Wednesday that the suspect was apprehended by Faulkner County Sheriff’s deputies and Mayflower Police Department officers.
Shock said authorities believe Short ingested some type of controlled substance due to his gagging and lethargic state after he was taken into custody.
MEMS was dispatched to the scene, and Short was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center and later released into the sheriff’s office custody, authorities said. Cullum was taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning.
Shock confirmed that Short and Robb were known acquaintances, and possibly family. Shock also said the suspects were believed to be a couple.
Shock confirmed that Short is an active parolee and has prior felony convictions, and that Cullum had multiple active warrants out for her arrest.
Shock was unable to provide a time table Tuesday night of when charges might be filed against the two suspects, as he stated his office is still working on several interviews and further investigation on the two suspects.
Authorities stated the victim’s body has been transferred to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.
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