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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Originally posted on March 2, 2020 at 7:13 PM for VIP Members at the 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 Officer First Class Stone reports that he was on patrol in the area of East Grand near Springs Street last Saturday Night around 8:30 when he found a gold Buick running the license plate assigned to a black Hyundai. OFC Stone turned on the blue lights and the car stopped. As soon as the vehicle came to a stop, a suspect from the back seat fled on foot with a backpack.
HSPD Officer Murray quickly arrived to assist and found a backpack behind a restaurant in the area. The backpack was open and a pistol was visible. The gun’s pertinents were run through the police computer and it was found to have been reported stolen out of Hot Springs in November 2019.
Officers saw the suspect running from the area where the backpack was found towards Grove Street. They chased him and arrested him at the Frazier Street Intersection. Officers searched the suspect and found 2 glass marijuana pipes with residue and 2 glass meth pipes with burnt residue.
Officers searched the area where the backpack was found and discovered a clear plastic baggie containing 18.6 grams of meth.
A criminal background check of the suspect, Marquiz Shanta Moutry, 29, of Crutchfield Street in Garland County, revealed that he is a convicted felon (felony convictions in Garland County 2010 and Saline County 2015). Convicted felons are prohibited by law from possessing firearms in Arkansas.
Mr. Moutry is charged with Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Guns And Drugs, Felony Possession Of Meth With Intent To Deliver, Possession Of A Firearm By Certain Persons, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Theft By Receiving Firearm and Fleeing and was initially being held with no bond.