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Boyfriend Allegedly Forces Girlfriend To Leave Work At Gunpoint; Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

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All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Hot Springs Police Officer Murray reports the following:

On 07/20/19 at approximately 2245 hours I, Officer Murray, responded to Taco Bell at 141 East Grand Ave in reference to possible kidnapping.  On arrival, I made contact with two employees.

The two stated that just prior to contacting police, they were outside the restaurant by the dumpster (northeast corner) with a fellow female employee. The two stated that the female employee’s boyfriend Pedro Garcia, also an employee, drove up in his 2006 silver Buick Lucerne and confronted the female employee.

Pedro Enrique Garcia, 34, of Pratt Street in Hot Springs – allegedly abducted a female from Taco Bell last month and charged that night with Disorderly Conduct. He has since pled “no contest” to the charge and has been fined approximately $240.  He will begin paying on that fine in September of this year.

The confrontation was over the female employee seeing another male.  During the argument, Garcia produced a handgun and ordered the female employee to leave with him. 

Employee #1 described the handgun as “small and black” and employee #2 described the handgun as possibly a .22.  Employee #2 also stated that Garcia “cocked” the handgun after producing it. 

Garcia then walked the female employee into the restaurant where she gathered her belongings.  At this point, the manager observed the female employee walk in with Garcia then leave with him, crying and apparently under duress.  The female employee and Garcia then got into the Buick and left west down East Grand Ave.

At approximately 0012 hours Deputy Tatum 199 with the Garland County Sheriff Office located the vehicle speeding down Elkhorn Loop, conducted a traffic stop on it at 590 Elkhorn Loop, and detained Garcia.  I then responded to the area and took Garcia into custody.

Pedro Enrique Garcia, 34, of Pratt Street in Hot Springs was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct with a bond amount totaling $500.