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By Arkansas 911 News Investigative Reporter E’Lyse Golden
Hot Springs Police Corporal Brown reports that he was working off duty security at CHI St. Vincent Hospital on January 6 around 6:45 pm when he received a call about threats made to employees by a known suspect.
Cpl. Brown made contact with a nurse at the hospital who said that she and her husband, Darrell Hargrove, 48, of Loper Lane in Royal, were separated and going through a divorce. Mr. Hargrove allegedly called and threatened that he was coming to the hospital to make a big scene.
Mr. Hargrove called the victim’s cellphone and Cpl. Brown told the victim to put the phone on speaker so he could hear the conversation. The victim told Mr. Hargrove several times not to come to the hospital. Cpl. Brown heard Mr. Hargrove say that he was coming anyway and that he was going to shoot everyone in the hospital, including the police. Cpl. Brown captured part of the conversation on his body camera. Mr. Hargrove told the victim to meet him outside and ended the phone conversation.
Cpl. Brown was standing outside of the hospital and saw a vehicle matching the description of Mr. Hargrove’s vehicle. Another nurse came outside and told Cpl. Brown that Mr. Hargrove had just messaged the victim that he was outside.
A Garland County Deputy and two Arkansas State Troopers arrived on scene to assist. Mr. Hargrove drove his vehicle out of the parking lot. The troopers and deputy were able to stop the vehicle in the Sam’s Club parking lot. Mr. Hargrove was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center.
Mr. Hargrove is charged with Felony Terroristic Threatening and Criminal Trespassing. His bond was set at $3,250. The victim obtained a no contact order against Mr. Hargrove.