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Alleged: Felon In Possession Of Stolen Gun..Vehicle Crash; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Reporter Steven Starr

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Hot Springs Police Officer Stone reports that he was dispatched to an injury vehicle crash at the intersection of Central Avenue and Maurice Street on July 21st, 2020 at approximately 11:55am.

Hot Springs Fire Department arrived to the scene first. Firefighter Lacey began assessing the scene and involved parties. FF Lacey met with John Colton Childs, 22, of Cones Road in Hot Springs. He was sitting in the backseat of an involved vehicle.  FF Lacey saw Mr. Childs holding a black pistol. Lacey took the gun from him.

John Colton Childs, 22, of Cones Road in Hot Springs – Alleged to be in possession of a stolen pistol as a convicted felon.

HSPD Officer Langford arrived to the scene.  FF Lacey gave Off. Langford the pistol and told him that he took it from Mr. Childs. Off. Langford ran a check of the pistol’s serial number through the police computer. The check revealed that the HiPoint 9mm pistol had been reported stolen from a vehicle on Carol Street in Hot Springs.

Mr. Child’s was convicted of Residential Burglary in Garland County 8/2018.  Convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms in the state of Arkansas.

Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Childs.

Mr. Childs met with detectives and was arrested at the Hot Springs Police Department on August 20th, 2020 at approximately 9:21am.  He was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Theft By Receiving and Felony Possession Of Firearms By Certain Persons with bond initially set at $5,000.