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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Detectives report that HSPD Patrol Officers were dispatched to Wise Street on November 23, 2020 for the complaint of Criminal Mischief.
Officers arrived, met with the complainant and determined that Parolee Rickey Lynn Batts, Jr., 36, of Murray Street in Hot Springs, attempted to kick in the door on a residence. He was holding a firearm in his hand during the entry attempts. The report did not specify whether the residence was occupied at the time of the attempted break-in. The report did note that all of this was captured on video that was reviewed by police.
After failing to break the door down, Parolee Batts walked over to a nearby, parked car and appeared to attempt breaking out a window with his hand and what appeared to be the firearm. After several failed attempts to break the window, he fired a shot from the gun into the window of the vehicle. The bullet broke the window causing approximately $100 in damage.
Parolee Batts’ criminal history includes felony convictions for Aggravated Residential Burglary 6/2012, Aggravated Robbery 6/2012, Residential Burglary 6/2006 and Possession Of Firearm By Certain Persons.
A warrant for Parolee Batts was obtained and entered into the police computer.
Parolee Batts was at the HSPD Headquarters yesterday, around 2:20PM, where police met with him. They arrested him on the outstanding warrant and transported him to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Parolee Batts is charged with Felony Attempted Aggravated Residential Burglary, Felony Possession Of A Firearm By Certain Persons, Criminal Mischief and Discharging A Firearm In City Limits with bond initially set at $100,000. A parole hold has been placed on him since this arrest.