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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 Officer Guzman reports that he was dispatched to a location to meet with a victim in reference to an order of protection violation.
Off. Guzman arrived and made contact with the victim who said that Aaron Marcus Watkins, 36, of Denton Street in Benton, was in violation of a protection order January 5, 2021 around 3PM, when he placed a piece of paper on her door.
She had received phone calls and voice messages from him as well, back in December 2020.
The order of protection, issued on December 7, 2020, specifically states that Mr. Watkins is prohibited from making contact with the victim.
Mr. Watkins called the victim on the phone while the police were taking this report. The victim answered the phone. Mr. Watkins said that he could “hear the police radio in the background, and so, you got me”.
Off. Guzman obtained arrest warrants for Mr. Watkins and entered them into the police computer.
On January 16, 2021, officers became aware that Mr. Guzman was in the 4700 block of Central Avenue. They made contact with him and arrested him on the outstanding warrants.
He was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. Mr. Watkins is charged with Felony Violation Of A Protection Order x2 and bond was set at $10,000.