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All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Cox was dispatched to a business last week in reference to a complaint of a disorderly person bothering customers. The suspect fit the description of a disorderly person that the police were currently in the area looking for due to other calls about his alleged behavior.
Off. Cox found the suspect walking along Central Avenue at West St. Louis Street. He stopped and made contact. Ronald Earl Gibson, 37 of Hobson Street in Hot Springs, allegedly refused to talk with Off. Cox and walked out into vehicle traffic on the highway. The suspect has 1 leg, was on crutches and the police report states that Mr. Gibson appeared to be under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Mr. Gibson allegedly tried to flee, refused to cooperate and resisted arrest. Then, a back-up officer arrived. Mr. Gibson allegedly advised the officer’s that he is “the prophet” and can’t go to jail, spit on an officer’s face and allegedly told them that he “is going to get away with this” and that, “due to his condition, he is not capable of committing certain crimes”. Mr. Gibson was arrested.
While en route to the jail, Mr. Gibson allegedly pulled out a lighter and a joint and commenced to smoking his holiday marijuana in the back seat of the police car.
Once at the jail, Garland County Booking Deputies put the prophet in a holding cell to dry out before they could book him into the jail.
Mr. Gibson is charged with Felony Aggravated Assault Upon Law Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication with a bond amount totaling $4,500.