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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Reporter Steven Starr
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Cheatham reports that he was in the back lot of the Police Department’s back lot on September 26th, 2020 at approximately 4:20am when he saw a man running after another officer in a threatening manner.
Off. Cheatham was speaking with Cpl. Brown in the back lot of the Police Department. They saw Sgt. Zaner drive up to the gated entrance to the back lot and swipe his key card. A dark colored Kia pulled up behind Sgt. Zaner’s patrol car as the gate began to open. Sgt. Zaner pulled forward to enter the parking lot and a black male, later identified as Antoinio Demar Murdock, 31, of Griffith Cutoff in Hot Springs, exited the Kia.
The suspect started running towards the rear of Sgt. Zaner’s patrol car. Off. Cheatham and Corporal Brown began yelling for Sgt. Zaner to move forward warning him of the approaching suspect. Mr. Murdock continued to run full speed as if he was attempting to attack Sgt. Zaner. Sgt. Zaner heard the officer’s warnings and sped forward to gain some distance between himself and Mr. Murdock. Off. Cheatham and Cpl. Brown drew their service pistols in fear of Mr. Murdock’s intentions. Mr. Murdock made it half way through the parking lot before obeying officers commands to stop. Mr. Murdock then complied, put his hands in the air, and was instructed to lay on the ground.
Officers approached Mr. Murdock. He was speaking erratically and said there was someone in his car trying to kill him. Officers cleared Mr. Murdock’s vehicle and found no one inside. Mr. Murdock then told officers the person was inside the vehicle’s engine compartment. No one was under the hood. Officers quickly determined Mr. Murdock was delusional.
Mr. Murdock’s vehicle was still parked in the middle of Jefferson Street so officers called for a wrecker. Officers then conducted an inventory of the vehicle. 15 various sized containers were located in the back seat. All 15 contained marijuana (approximately 135.9 grams).
Officers read Mr. Murdock his Miranda Rights. He signed and acknowledged that he understood his rights. He told officers that the marijuana was his, but was unable to provide a medical marijuana card.
Mr. Murdock was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for Processing. He is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Criminal Trespassing with bond set at $3,000.