Thursday, September 4, 2014

Police beat update: Suspect arrested in parking lot death; carjacking arrest; football team bus in wreck;

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Police notes from all over in an evening update:

click to enlarge SUSPECT: Deonte Jones.
  • SUSPECT: Deonte Jones.
* SUSPECT IN PARKING LOT DEATH: The sheriff's office has issued a capital murder warrant for the arrest of Deonte Jones, suspected as the driver of a Tahoe that struck and killed Heather Cater outside the Walgreeens at University and Col. Glenn Wednesday evening. She had just finished work at a neighboring dental clinic. The Tahoe was fleeing sheriff's narcotics investigators. A spokesman said the arrest of another man Wednesday evening on drug charges led to the officers' attempt to make contact with the driver of the Tahoe. UPDATE: Jones is in custody. A followup sheriff's report indicates the effort to stop Jones, which led to the chase and death, followed seizure of 19 grams of marijuana (less than an ounce) from another suspect. This is not by way of alibi or excuse: But a chase over a small marijuana transaction? A chase by sheriff's deputies in the city of Little Rock? More remains to be known.

* FEMALE CARJACKERS: Little Rock police say they have arrested suspects in a series of carjackings by females, some of elderly people. No more details at the moment. Carjackings were reported at 19th and Pierce, at the Kroger on East Roosevelt and at the Food Giant on Main. One adult was in custody and other suspects, including two juveniles, were being interviewed. The arrests were set in motion shortly before noon today when officers saw a woman hanging onto a car scuffling with a man in the car. The car eventually stopped and a Memphis man said he'd jumped in the moving car to get it and money back from a group of four women he'd been drinking and smoking weed with the night before at a Motel 6. The motel was under surveillance by police looking for suspects in the earlier carjackings. The women are aged 16 to 19.

* NLR BUS IN WRECK: A bus taking the North Little Rock High football team to a pre-game meal before its game tonight with Catholic in Little Rock was in a multi-vehicle wreck at the JFK overpass at the junction of Interstates 30-40. No students were hurt. Several others were injured, according to TV reporting from the scene. The North Little Rock School District reported:

The driver of the bus encountered a sudden traffic jam due to an accident. The driver of the bus attempted to avoid another accident by leaving the roadway. The N.L.R.H.S. football team was on the bus but there were no injuries reported to any player. As a safety precaution, the players were transported back to their training facility at the old Belwood Elementary School for further examination by doctors. 

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