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Public Release: HOT SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT
Foot Chase Onto HS School Campus
This afternoon, the HSPD attempted to stop a vehicle that was occupied by Joseph Tyler Stead (1/24/96). Stead fled from officers on foot and during that pursuit he ran onto the campus of the Hot Springs Intermediate School. Several officers were already on the campus when this occurred.
Stead was quickly taken into custody for several felony warrants. Stead has been charged with 3 counts of Residential Burglary, 3 counts of Theft under $1000.00, Breaking or Entering, Criminal Attempt at Residential Burglary, felony Criminal Mischief and Fleeing.
At no time was any person on the campus in danger, due to quick action Stead was taken into custody without incident.
— END of HSPD Release
I was live on Facebook and parked at the intersection of Albert Pike/Richard Street when Hot Springs Police became involved in a foot chase that began on West St. Louis Street where wanted suspect Joseph Tyler Stead allegedly fled on foot from a small black pick-up truck.
Mr. Stead allegedly hit the woods behind houses on Pinewood Street and Main Street. He made it down to Leeper Street where he was spotted a few minutes later. HSPD K-9 Team Corporal Constant/Raven quickly arrived and went into the woods on Leeper Street.
Moments later, HSPD Officers on the north side of the Hot Springs Intermediate School Campus were in the process of locking down after school activities and saw the suspect cross the railroad tracks and then enter school property.
The suspect was immediately arrested and transported away from the scene.
No injuries were reported in connection to this event that I am aware of.
This was a fast moving operation. When the suspect was arrested, I was on the opposite side of the school and the pics I was able to get during this episode are very slim indeed. But, the school property was full of students and HSPD’s #1 priority was to ensure safety at the school. They moved very fast in order to get a handle on this situation.
*A separate vehicle chase ended a few blocks away on Frieda Street just as this foot chase kicked off. Arkansas 911 News was live on Facebook at the time. The suspect from that 1st pursuit was described as a black male with a dreadlock hair-do. The suspect that was arrested during this second chase was Joseph Stead, a white male.