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Press Release – HOT SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT (Corporal Kirk Zaner)
On May 9, 2017 at 11:20 p.m., several suspects forced their way into a hotel room at the Econo Lodge, located at 1204 Central Avenue.
Darrell Lane Johnson, 59, of Newark, Texas along with Marie Watson, 58, of Newark, Texas were staying in a room at the Econo Lodge. Mr. Johnson got out of bed to answer a knock at his door and was struck in the face by one of the suspects.
At that time, four suspects forced Mr. Johnson into the room and knocked him down. Mr. Johnson, who had answered the door with a handgun, fired one shot which struck Brandon Folsom, age 30, of Hot Springs. The bullet which struck Brandon Folsom in his torso exited him and struck Bobby Smith, 29, of Hot Springs Village. Bobby Smith, Brandon Folsom and another male suspect, Jakota Jack Clay, 29, of Hot Springs, along with Autumn Polston, age 26, of Hot Springs fled the room.
Hot Springs Police Officers, who were in the area and heard the gunshot, arrived on scene and a foot pursuit with Jakota Clay ensued. Clay, who has several outstanding felony warrants was eventually apprehended by a police K9 and taken into custody.
Bobby Smith was located at the Econo Lodge and transported by Lifenet to St. Vincent hospital. Smith is listed in good condition. Brandon Folsom fled the scene with Autumn Polston and was transported to St. Vincent hospital by private vehicle. Brandon Folsom remains in the hospital listed in serious condition.
Autumn Polston was taken into custody at St. Vincent hospital and arrested for Aggravated Residential Burglary and Battery 3rd Degree. Jakota Clay was also arrested for Aggravated Residential Burglary and Battery 3rd Degree, as well as the outstanding warrants. Both Jakota Clay and Autumn Polston were booked into the Garland County Detention Center with no bond. Bobby Smith and Brandon Folsom will both be arrested for Aggravated Residential Burglary and Battery 3rd Degree upon their release from the hospital.