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Alleged: Theft, Fleeing, Fighting..Wanted Probationer Bites Police Officer; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox

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Hot Springs Police Officer Ugartechea was dispatched to a residence on Autumn Street on January 25, 2021, around 2PM for the call of a family fight.

Off. Ugartechea arrived and made contact with the victim.  The victim said that Probationer Wade T. Ross 3, 32, of Hot Springs, had been at her apartment causing problems.  She said that she arrived to find her apartment in disarray.  She said that Probationer Ross was outside screaming and trying to get random people to fight him.

Probationer Wade T. Ross 3, 32, of Hot Springs – Allegedly stole jewelry and went wild just prior to biting a police officer on the fingernail.

The victim said that her jewelry box was open, 5 silver rings ($200) were missing and 2 windows had been broken.  Probationer Ross was last seen walking towards Spring Street.

Other officers arrived in the area and began searching for Probationer Ross.  He was spotted by police and he took off running.  He was quickly found near the intersection of Gulpha Street and Convention Boulevard and he was refusing to cooperate and became very aggressive.  Officers had to physically place him into handcuffs.  During the arrest struggle, Probationer Ross bit an officer on the index finger.  The officer suffered a deep cut through the fingernail.

Probationer Ross was arrested and searched.  During the search of Probationer Ross and his backpack, officers located: 3 meth pipes with burn marks, 1 syringe, digital scales, approximately .5 gram meth.

Probationer Ross was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.  He is charged with Felony Battery, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Mischief and Theft Of Property with bond set at $19,500.