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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Originally posted on February 27, 2020 at 12:46 AM for VIP Members at the private AR911NEWS VIP Facebook Group. To get your VIP Pass, please CLICK HERE.
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Detective Lampinen reports that HSPD Patrol Officers responded to the call of an aggravated robbery with a firearm at the EZ Mart on Park Avenue Tuesday. The suspect fled the store with about $40..direction unknown. This store has a working video surveillance system installed.
HSPD Officers immediately swarmed the area and attempted to locate the suspect. A couple of these officers went to the store to look for evidence and review the video. A couple of other officers fanned out a few blocks in each direction.
Officer Chapin went over to Bailey Place (2 blocks north from the EZ Mart) and found a white male fitting the description of the suspect getting into the driver’s seat of a red Chevrolet HHR. Off. Chapin followed the vehicle when it pulled off. The HHR fled from the officer at a high rate of speed onto Ramble Street where it crashed in the 200 block. The suspect jumped out and fled on foot. Officers ran him down and arrested him.
The suspect was identified as Absconding Parolee Joseph C. Wynn, 46, of McClendon Road in Hot Springs.
HSPD K-9 Sergeant Constant and “Raven” found a loaded Taurus 9mm pistol along the getaway path and officers located $40 dollars cash between the HHR and Parolee Wynn’s clothing that he was wearing. Parolee Wynn was arrested.
Det. Lampinen went to the EZ Mart and reviewed the video. He was able to positively identify Parolee Wynn as the person that had just robbed the store. According to the arrest report, Parolee Wynn pointed the gun at the victim and demanded money from the till.
Parolee Wynn was transported to the Hot Springs Police Department for investigation. He was read his rights, waived his rights and confessed to robbing the store with the Taurus pistol that was recovered near the spot where he was arrested.
Parolee Wynn was convicted of Felony Burglary in Jefferson County in 2013. Felons are prohibited from possessing firearms in The Great State of Arkansas.
Parolee Wynn was transported to the Garland County Detention Center and charged with Felony Aggravated Robbery, Felony Aggravated Assault, Felony Theft Of Property By Force, Felony Possession Of A Firearm By Certain Persons and Fleeing. He was initially being held without bond.