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Fugitive Arrested After Foot Pursuit

Colton Brackenridge, a 22 year-old Heber Springs resident was taken into custody on outstanding Felony warrants after a foot pursuit through a Heber Springs residential area Tuesday night. Acting on a tip Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office spotted Brackenridge leaving West Hills Apartments in a vehicle while conducting surveillance at the apartments. As Patrol units from the Sheriff’s Office and Heber Springs Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle at 7th and Main Brackenridge jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers located Brackenridge hiding under a bush a short while later and took him into custody. Brackenridge has been listed in NCIC (National Crime Information Center) as both a fugitive and a missing person since March 2012. Shortly after the Felony warrants were issued Brackenridge’s family, unable to make contact with him, reported him to the Sheriff’s Office as a missing person. Investigators are currently working to determine if there is sufficient evidence to file charges of Hindering Apprehension against anyone who has assisted Brackenridge in avoiding apprehension.

 During the past few weeks the Sheriff’s Office has taken several reports of tractors, farm equipment, utility trailers, and shop equipment being stolen or attempted to be stolen. No specific area of the county has been targeted. Common to all reports is that the items were parked or stored far enough away from any occupied residence to make them easy targets for a thief. In most cases the items were not secured. While unattended equipment is common in a rural county, please take whatever precautions possible to secure and protect your property. Anyone who sees any vehicle or activity that they feel is unusual or suspicious is asked to please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 501-362-8143.     

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