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Conway PD investigating the kidnapping of local couple

Posted: May 17, 2011 - 10:07am

The Conway Police Department arrested a man late Monday night for his alleged role in the kidnapping of a local couple.

Luke Spencer, 22, of Pine Bluff was cited for kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated residential burglary, theft of property, possession of firearms by certain persons, fleeing the scene and driving on a suspended license.

La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer for the Conway Police Department said that Spencer and a partner kidnapped Jaleesa Carter and Robert Rodgers from their apartment at Westwood Gardens, located at 2955 Becky Lane.

“Our emergency operators received a 911 call from the residence but could not make contact with the caller,” she said. “Rodgers had dialed his cell phone and placed it under the bed, so our dispatch operators could hear what was going on and tried to pinpoint the location so officers could be sent to help. The address was narrowed down to three apartments at Westwood Garden Apartments and officers arrived on the scene to try to make contact with the victims.”

When officers arrived at the apartment, they discovered a brown truck with two people in it and a four door, Chevy ‘Skittles’ car in the parking lot of the complex. Officers spoke with the woman and the man inside the truck and were advised that they did not need help.

Officers attempted to make contact with the people inside the car at which time the driver of the car accelerated and left the parking lot, followed by the occupants of the brown truck.

Officers were involved in a high speed chase but caught up to the driver of the Chevy car when it crashed at Farris and Bruce Streets. Officials said Spencer, who was driving the car, fled the scene on foot, but was later apprehended.

Rodgers, who was a passenger in the vehicle advised that he had been kidnapped from his home and that his girlfriend was also taken.

He also advised that Carter is nine months pregnant.

Officers were not able to locate the brown truck or the occupants.

Shortly after the crash, officers were advised by dispatch that calls were coming in from residents on Stermer Street in reference to a woman that was knocking on doors for assistance.

When police arrived, they found Carter hiding behind the home of a resident in the area. She advised that she had been kidnapped by the man inside the brown truck.

“Carter told officers that she was afraid that she would be killed if she did not get out of the vehicle,” Woodruff said. “She advised that when the second suspect pulled off, on to an unpaved road, she felt like if she didn’t get out he would kill her, so she jumped from the vehicle."

Carter told officers that the suspect had an assault rifle in the vehicle.

The victims were taken to the hospital for non life threatening injuries.

Both Carter and her unborn child are said to be in good condition.

Rodgers is also in good condition.

The incident is still under investigation. Officers are still searching for the driver of the brown truck.

More details to follow in the print edition of the Log Cabin Democrat.

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ilovelucy09 05/19/11 - 08:51 am
has there been any sort of

has there been any sort of motive stated in this case?

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen 05/19/11 - 09:04 am
This is your brain on

This is your brain on Skittles.

Candie Beck
Candie Beck 05/19/11 - 09:23 am

@ilovelucy - all the police are saying right now is that there was money stolen from the couple. They are working this pretty hard though so I'm hoping for more information soon.

arkansasobserver 05/19/11 - 11:17 am

It is understandable that someone would think that the guy driving a Skittles Car must be loaded with cash. :-)

DJB1971 05/19/11 - 12:04 pm

"It is understandable that someone would think that the guy driving a Skittles Car must be loaded with cash. :-)"

Well, their slogan is "Taste the rainbow". And what do you find at the end of the rainbow?

i_wonder 05/19/11 - 12:18 pm

"And what do you find at the end of the rainbow?"

Depends on which end...there's Red on one end and Violet on the other....


Igor Rabinowitz
Igor Rabinowitz 05/20/11 - 08:52 am
Skittles car

Skittles car Skittles car
They tried to run
Didn't get far.
(Thieves attracted to rainbow hue,
danger meets beauty,
what can one do?)

Skittles car Skittle car
This sort of ends well
Greater violence averted
By your large-fendered swell

Skittles car Skittles car
Time then was nigh
Vile cretins offend thee
(What, were they high?)

Skittles car Skittles car
Glad the folks are okay
You were there to protect them
That dangerous day

Skittles car Skittles car
A promise so sweet
Was it you that protected
As they swerved down the street?

Skittles car Skittles car
You're magic, it seems
Your stage coach like wheels
Your magical sheen

The promise you make us
Past marketing or donk
Is to watch over those who love you
'Til it's time for the cops

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