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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Originally posted on April 18, 2020 at 8:44PM 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 report that on April 13, 2020, around noon, they responded to the 300 Block of Park Avenue in reference to gunfire that came from a vehicle.
Officers made contact with 2 victims that say they were walking north on Park Avenue when a newer model Dodge Charger car pulled up next to them. The car was being driven by a white male that one of the victim’s knew as “Evan Drake” (with a scar on his forehead and a pony tail hairdo) and a white male passenger with a tattoo under his right eye. One of the victims said that Evan asked him what his name is as he was walking towards the vehicle. As he got closer to the car, he heard Evan ask his passenger “is that him?”. The passenger stated “yes” and Evan pointed a black handgun at the victim and fired 4 shots as the victims ran away.
Several witnesses gave information that backed up the victims’ story as well as video from surveillance cameras in that area that captured the encounter. 2 spent 9mm cases were also recovered from the scene.
Later that day, at approximately 6PM, HSPD Officer Plummer found a 2019 black Dodge Charger with expired temporary tags in the area of Main Street at Albert Pike Road. He determined that the occupants matched the description provided in the attempted murders earlier that day on Park Avenue.
Off. Plummer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Both occupants of the car, driver Evan Drake Johnson, 21 of Gerard Terrace in Garland County and passenger Payton Daniel Wicklund, 18, homeless in Hot Springs were exact matches to the victim’s description of the suspects from the Park Avenue call earlier in the day.
The 2 suspects were arrested and searched. Officers found the 2 to be in possession of illegal narcotics, a spent 9mm bullet casing that matched the 2 found at the scene of the attempted murders on Park Avenue earlier in the day and a pistol magazine in the driver’s door storage compartment. The glovebox in the car was locked. A search warrant was obtained and the glovebox was opened the next day. Officers recovered a stolen 9mm pistol from the glovebox. The magazine found in the driver’s door fit the stolen pistol.
Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Mr. Johnson is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession Of A Controlled Substance with a bond amount of $6,000. Arrest Warrants for Attempted 1st Degree Murder were also obtained, but Mr. Johnson bonded out before they were able to serve the warrants at the jail. The warrants were entered into the police computer. Mr. Johnson was arrested on these warrants and caught more dope charges on April 17, 2020 CLICK HERE for that story.
Mr. Wicklund is charged with Felony Possession With The Purpose To Deliver Or Manufacture Of A Counterfeit Substance x3, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Furnishing Prohibited Articles, Felony Unauthorized Use Of Another Person’s Property To Commit A Crime and Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearms with a bond amount totaling $150,000.