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Police Beat (12/10/13)

Posted: December 10, 2013 - 8:28pm

Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department:

•Theft by receiving, Old Morrilton Highway.

A Conway man was surprised to find out Sunday afternoon that a camera he recently received in a Christmas exchange game turned out to be stolen.

Conway police officers responded to Hastings, in the 1300 block of Old Morrilton Highway, around 4 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports of fraud.

The 32-year-old Conway man told police he came to Hastings to return the camera for a different item when store officials alerted him the camera was stolen from the store. The man told police he was unaware the camera had been stolen, and was cooperative with officers, according to the police report.

The man told police he would be in contact with detectives to provide the name of the person who gave him the camera.

The man and a person he was with, an 18-year-old Conway man, were issued criminal trespass warnings from Hastings.

•First-degree criminal mischief, South Salem Road.

Five Arkansas teens were asked to leave an apartment complex in south Conway after officers found the group lounging in a hot tub after hours.

Officers responded to The Greens at Nutters Chapel, in the 1700 block of South Salem Road, around 3:28 a.m. Saturday after receiving reports of people in the hot tub.

Upon arrival, group members told officers they hopped a fence to gain access to the tub, and were “just hanging out,” the police report states. None of the individuals lived at the apartment complex, but stated a friend did although they were unable to provide his or her apartment number.

Police advised the teens, ages 18 and 19, to leave and not return to the complex.

Around 11 p.m., officers were notified by apartment managers that damage was visible to a gate that leads to the hot tub. Damage to the gate was estimated at $25 in the police report.

•Aggravated assault, College Avenue.

A Conway man says he was attacked by a friend with a knife Thursday evening.

Officers arrived at the Conway Regional Medical Center around 7:34 p.m. after receiving reports of a stabbing.

Police made contact with the patient, identified as a 34-year-old Conway man, who initially told officers he fell through a window. Police observed lacerations to the man’s hands, including his fingers.

After receiving treatment for his lacerations, officers questioned the man again, at which time he stated he received the cuts during an altercation with a friend.

The victim told police he and his friend, identified as a 37-year-old Conway man, had consumed alcoholic beverages, prior going to his friend’s apartment, where a physical altercation ensued.

After the first altercation, the victim said he decided to leave, however, he was met by his friend, with a knife. The victim said he held his hands out to guard himself, which caused the cuts to his hands. The victim said he was able to leave the apartment, and drove to the hospital.

Police observed large amounts of blood in the victim’s vehicle, upon inspection. The victim refused to speak with investigators and told police he did not want to press charges, but stated he would provide a voluntary statement.

•Motor vehicle theft, Oak Street.

A Mississippi man says his phone, wallet and truck was stolen from a man he was giving a ride to Oklahoma.

Conway officers responded to King’s Inn, in the 100 block of Oak Street, around 4:12 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of the theft.

The 28-year-old victim told officers he met the man, identified as a 68-year-old West Helena resident, Thursday. According to the victim, both parties were going to Muskogee, Okla.

The agreement was for the victim to drive to Oklahoma, while his new-found traveling companion paid for gas.

Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the victim said they checked into a room at King’s Inn, due to poor weather conditions. After checking in, the victim said he and his companion, said to be a veteran, drank most of the night until he fell asleep around 1 a.m.

The victim said he awoke around 4 a.m. to use the bathroom, at which time he noticed his traveling companion missing, along with his phone and wallet. The victim said he then looked out the room window to discover his truck, identified as a silver, 2006 Dodge 1500 pickup, missing. The truck is said to have a Georgia license plate, number ANQ 9886. The vehicle was also described to have a scratch on the driver’s side and no rear view mirror.

The victim told police the hotel room was paid for under his companion’s name, however, officers were unable to speak with hotel staff because the office was closed.

Property stolen from the victim was valued at $3,325 in the police report.

•Aggravated residential burglary, South Donaghey Avenue.

Four college students say they were held at gunpoint by three assailants at a friend’s apartment Thursday evening.

Police responded to the University Park apartment, in the 1000 block of South Donaghey Avenue, around 9:03 p.m. Thursday.

According to witness testimony, the woman who lives at the apartment was not present at the time of the burglary, however, four friends were.

Two of the friends, identified as 20-year-old and 21-year-old Russellville men, told police they were sitting on the couch, playing video games, when three black males, dressed in all black, entered the front door and turned the lights off. The men said all three intruders were armed. The men were lay face down on the floor.

One of the men said he wrestled a gun away from one of the intruders, while the other two searched the apartment for belongings.

Another victim, identified as an 18-year-old New Orleans native, told police he was in one of the apartment’s bedrooms when two assailants entered and placed a gun to his chest. The victim said he was ordered to lay face down on the floor, while they searched the bedroom.

The fourth victim, identified as an 18-year-old Danville man, said he was in the shower when the bathroom door was kicked in, and a gun was pointed at him by one of the assailants. Like all other victims told police, the victim said he was forced to lay face down, while the intruders searched the room.

None of the victims were able to provide police with information on the assailants’ exit from the apartment.

A handgun, found in the apartment, was taken into evidence. The victims told police no items appeared to be missing from the apartment. Damage to the apartment was estimated at $100 in the police report.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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