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Capital Murder Suspect Throws Kidnapping Victim Off I-430 Bridge On Christmas Day – LONOKE COUNTY


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Press Release – LONOKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT (Facebook Page)

Christmas Homicide In Lonoke County

On December 25, 2017 at approximately 12:23am, the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Johnson Road, Scott AR, in reference to a shooting.

When deputies arrived they located two individuals that had been shot and one of them was deceased. The deputies quickly learned that there was a female possibly missing from the residence. A statewide broadcast was made to locate the female.

Shortly after the broadcast, investigators learned that the female was located in Pulaski County and she was transported to a hospital for her injuries.

The deceased was identified as Arlin Wayne Nugent, a 49 year old white male from Scott AR.

Investigators learned that 2 black males entered the residence on Johnson road and began to shoot at the people in the residence. The suspects then kidnapped a female victim who was later located by the Little Rock Police Department.

ARREST: Richard Gilliam, 33 of Little Rock – Aggravated Home Invasion, Capital Murder, Kidnapping, Attempt To Commit Capital Murder Suspect

Investigators developed a suspect who was identified as Richard Gilliam, a 33 year old black male from Little Rock. Gilliam was taken into custody by the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, Little Rock Police and Arkansas State Police. Gilliam was transported to the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Detention Center and was booked on charges of Capital Murder, Kidnapping, Criminal Attempt to commit Capital Murder and Aggravated Residential Burglary. Gilliam is currently being held without bail until his first appearance in court.

The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking the 2nd suspect for questioning. The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office is asking if anyone has information in reference to this case to call 501-676-3000.

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The kidnapping victim mentioned in the press release was found by police emerging from the Arkansas River underneath the I-430 Bridge in Pulaski County.  She was soaking wet and told police that she had been kidnapped and thrown off the bridge into the water.  The temperature at the time was approximately 32°.  She was taken by ambulance to the hospital due to exposure to the cold.