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Hot Springs Police Officer West was working off-duty at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming last week, when it was brought to his attention by Oaklawn’s security manager that two people allegedly witnessed a Hispanic Male, wearing a black jacket and dark jeans, grab a female’s buttocks. The witnesses stated that they approached the male and let him know that it was not a nice thing to do. Both witnesses said the suspect, later identified as Ivan Geovany Del Rio, 28, of Pine Avenue in Lynwood, California, then opened his jacket, revealing a black handgun and stated “step up motherfucker”.
While Off. West was getting the witnesses statements, one of the witnesses pointed out the suspect walking down the stairs and out of the gameroom. Off. West attempted to make contact with Convicted Felon Del Rio. When he was advised to stop, he allegedly fled on foot. Off. West followed Convicted Felon Del Rio while radioing for other officers in the area to assist. Convicted Felon Del Rio allegedly ran behind Phil’s Diner, fell down at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and Higdon Ferry Road, then ran toward Johnson’s Floral Company. Officers surrounded the area and located Del Rio hiding in the bushes behind the florist.
While being detained, officers noticed that Convicted Felon Del Rio allegedly had a strong odor of intoxicants, blood shot watery eyes, and slurred speech.
A black Hi-Point Firearms .45 caliber handgun was allegedly found by officers on the ground behind Phil’s Restaurant.
Del Rio was arrested and transported to Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Convicted Felon Del Rio is charged with Felony Possession Of A Firearm By Certain Persons, Fleeing, Carrying A Weapon, and Public Intoxication with a bond amount totaling $7,000.