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Press Release – HOT SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT (Corporal Kirk Zaner)
Update on aggravated robbery. Suspect arrested
On 02/12/2018 at approximately 12:27 pm., the owners of the Valero located at 3228 Central Avenue exited the business and were getting into their vehicle. The owners had in their possession, approximately $15,800 in cash deposits from the store. As they were getting into their vehicle, they were approached by two suspects. The suspects both had handguns and robbed the owners by forcibly taking the cash from them.
As the robbery was occurring, a Hot Springs Police Officer was driving by the Valero and heard one of the victims scream. The officer then observed a GMC Arcadia fleeing the area and he began chasing the suspect vehicle. The suspect’s quickly pulled their vehicle into a parking lot near Colton’s steakhouse and fled on foot. As the suspects fled on foot, they began dropping cash as they ran.
The officer notified other HSPD units and numerous officers converged on the area, setting up a perimeter around the area. Two officers who responded to the area observed Jamal Brewer in the apartment complex at 605 Higdon Ferry Road. Upon seeing the officers, Jamal Brewer began running away. The officers pursued and quickly caught Jamal Brewer.
Jamal Devon Brewer, age 20, of Hot Springs had an active Failure to appear warrant and was arrested. In Brewer’s possession at the time of his arrest was $5,295 in cash and bank deposit slips belonging to the victims. Jamal Brewer was arrested and booked into the Garland County Detention Center for aggravated robbery, theft of property, fleeing and failure to appear. Brewer is being held without bond.
The second suspect has not been located at this time. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Hot Springs Police Department at 501-321-6789.