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All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
On 7/22/2016, Hot Springs Police Officer Lewis and Sergeant Stockwell responded to the 100 Block of Snyder Street in reference to a disturbance.
Sgt. Stockwell and Ofc. Lewis arrived on the scene and made contact with a female who stated that her brother, identified as Gerald Mitchell, 26, of Hot Springs, had allegedly left his syringes on the kitchen counter in a McDonald’s cup and that her daughter had picked them up. She further stated that Mr. Mitchell was acting crazy.
Officers located Mr. Mitchell in a back bathroom with a small child. Mr. Mitchell was allegedly crying, sweating profusely, and talking very loudly. A check of Mr. Mitchell’s information showed that he had a warrant for his arrest, and at that time officers placed Mr. Mitchell into custody.
The female advised officers that when she confronted Mr. Mitchell about the syringes he allegedly told her that her daughter needed to keep out of stuff. Officers were given the syringes that Mr. Mitchell had allegedly left on the counter.
At the Detention Center, Mr. Mitchell allegedly stated to officers that he had used methamphetamine approximately the night prior to the incident and uses syringes to introduce “meth” into his system. He also allegedly stated that the syringes were his and he was going to be throwing them away.
Mr. Mitchell is charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the 3rd Degree, and his Failure to Appear Warrant.
His bond is set at $3,500.00.