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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Reporter Colton Hooper

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Hot Springs Police Officer Murray reports that he was dispatched to the Sunbay Resort this morning at approximately 12:30AM in reference to a guy with a gun.

HSPD Officers made contact with the caller/victim in the lobby. He said he was in a Sunbay Hotel Room when the suspect Willie Taylor 29, of Cook County in Illinois forced his way into the room while allegedly carrying a black gun in his waistband. The caller fled from the room, notified hotel staff and hid in a lobby bathroom.

Willie Taylor 29, Of Cook County in Illinois

While speaking with the caller/victim in the lobby, HSPD received another 911 call from the room in question. Off. Murray said that he and other HSPD Officers responded to the room and heard a disturbance. They announced for Mr. Taylor to exit the room. He yelled “you will have to kill me”.  At this point, the room was still occupied by a female victim and her 5 year old son. A stand-off ensued and went on for another 30 minutes until all three exited the room and Mr. Taylor was arrested. There is no further mention of the gun in the report.

A witness at the scene stated that he saw Mr. Taylor and the female victim get into an altercation outside the hotel room door on the balcony. He also saw the female victim grabbing her face while falling to the floor as well as Mr. Taylor throwing a computer (valued at $1,200.00) to the ground.  The victim’s $50 sunglasses were also thrown from the balcony.

Mr. Taylor was transported to  The Garland County Detention Center for processing. He did not cooperate during the booking process. A criminal history check of Mr. Taylor revealed that he was convicted of Felony Domestic Battery in Cook County Illinois in December of 2015.

Mr. Taylor is charged with Felony Domestic Battery In The Third Degree, Criminal Trespass, Felony Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct and was being held without bond.