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Story by Stephanie Ponzaneli
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
On December 6th, 2017 at around 5:00 Hot Springs Police Officers were dispatched to the Walmart on Albert Pike in reference to an aggravated robbery.
An employee of Walmart stated that on December 6th of 2017, at around 4:45, he witnessed Andrew Hetherington, 32 of Hot Springs, taking $126.57 worth of merchandise. Hetherington had allegedly put the merchandise in his pant pockets in order to conceal the items and walked passed all points of sale without paying. The Walmart employee went up to Hetherington and identified himself and tried to detain Hetherington at the exit door of the general merchandise side of Walmart in an attempt to recover the merchandise.
As the Walmart employee began to speak to Hetherington, he began to resist the situation and attempted to flee. The employee stated that while Hetherington was resisting, his shirt came off which exposed a black handgun. Allegedly, Hetherington threatened to use the gun and then fled in the direction of the Anytime Fitness building where he was located by HSPD Officers and taken into custody.
An officer located Mr. Hetherington in a parking lot walking around cars in an obvious attempt to avoid capture. Mr. Hetherington was seen shirtless and began to reach to the front side of his pants. A handgun then allegedly fell down the inside of his pant leg, the black handgun was observed to be a pellet gun that the average person would most likely believe to be a firearm.
When Mr. Hetherington was being searched, officers allegedly found 0.3g of marijuana in a cigar package, one whole Xanax tablet, two halves of a Xanax tablet, and two methocarbamol tablets. Mr. Hetherington was transported to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hot Springs Police Department for processing and interview.
Mr. Hetherington was read his rights, but refused to admit that the items he had allegedly taken from Walmart were stolen. He did allegedly admit to “forgetting” to pay for a batman hat. The report states that no receipt for any item was located during the search.
Mr. Heatherington is charged with Aggravated Robbery, Theft Of Property and Possession Of A Controlled Substance x2. Mr. Heatherington’s bond amount totals $75,000. He is currently being held at the Garland County Detention Center.