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Man accused in 2005 beauty queen murder arrested for alleged attempt to kidnap women

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Gary Dunn has been arrested and accused of attempting to kidnap at least three women in Russellville, THV11 reports. Dunn is being held on $100,000 bond.

A decade ago, Dunn was charged in the murder of Nona Dirksmeyer, the former Miss Arkansas contestant and Arkansas Tech student who was found bludgeoned to death in her Russellville apartment in 2005. Juries twice failed to reach verdicts, resulting in a mistrial. Prosecutors opted not to try him a third time.

Dunn was Dirksmeyer's neighbor, and became a suspect following the acquittal of Dirksmeyer's boyfriend Kevin Jones in 2007. Authorities said they linked DNA on a condom wrapper found at the scene to Dunn.

Via THV11, here's what happened this week:

Just four months after getting out of prison for another incident, police accuse Dunn of approaching at least three women and trying to kidnap them.

“I feel pretty good that he's behind bars,” said Capt. David Ewing of the Russellville Police Department. “We were definitely shocked that he reappeared on the radar.”

Ewing says officers got a call at 7:38 p.m., to the parking lot of First Baptist Church to a woman who said a man tried to force her into her car. When officers arrived, the suspect had already left the scene, but the victim and witnesses provided a description of both the suspect and his vehicle, which was broadcast to surrounding agencies.

The description of the car and man were similar to a 911 call made by a student at Arkansas Tech and a call about a suspicious man approaching a woman in a shopping center parking lot all within the same hour.

The woman at First Baptist told police that the suspect approached her in the parking lot and attempted to force her into her vehicle. The victim said that she was able to break free, and the man left in his dark sedan with temporary license plates.

Dunn was arrested a few hours after police sent out an alert. “We do have a history with Mr. Dunn and it's a sad state of affairs,” Russellville Police Captain David Ewing told THV11. 

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