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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 Gates reports that he responded to a business in the 200 block of Ward Street on September 11th, 2020 to investigate a burglary in progress. Officers were advised by dispatch that a man was attempting to gain entry into the building.
Off. Gates arrived and saw the suspect standing near the door of the building. The suspect’s movements were quick and jerking and he was sweating. Off. Gates made contact with the suspect and detained him in handcuffs. He conducted a pat down search of the suspect. A sharp object was felt in the suspects front pocket. The item was removed and identified as a silver key. The suspect identified himself as Dennis Ray Stinson, 42, homeless in Hot Springs. Back-up Officer Murray read Mr. Stinson his Miranda Rights. Mr. Stinson told officers that he was attempting to use a key that he found to enter the building.
Off. Gates spoke with the witness and the building owner. The witness told officers that she arrived to the scene for work at approximately 7:17am. She saw Mr. Stinson attempting to gain entry into the building. The witness said Mr. Stinson went between all 3 of the doors on the east side of the building and “dug around” near the crack in the doors. The witness then called the owner of the business to inform him of what was going on. The business owner said he called 911 after receiving the phone call and requested police to respond. The business owner wants to pursue charges against Mr. Stinson.
Mr. Stinson was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Criminal Trespass with bond initially set at $750.