Three ar­rested in Spring­dale in con­nec­tion with beat­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTH­WEST AR­KAN­SAS -

SPRING­DALE — Po­lice have ar­rested three men in con­nec­tion with a July 1 ag­gra­vated bur­glary and bat­tery at 3710 E. Ar­kan­sas 264, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice news re­lease.

Mitchell Wayne Arnold, 23; Matthew Ry­der Van­sickle, 22; and Rod­ney L.

Baker, 49, were iden­ti­fied by wit­ness Dreama Helvey as be­ing in­volved in beat­ing Kevin Lu­per. Po­lice didn’t say when they were ar­rested. The three men weren’t in the Wash­ing­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter on Fri­day.

Lu­per was treated at Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter for mul­ti­ple frac­tures to his jaw, nose and eye sock­ets, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit. Wash­ing­ton Re­gional spokes­woman Gina Mad­dox said Lu­per wasn’t a pa­tient at the hos­pi­tal Fri­day. His date of re­lease and con­di­tion when he left weren’t pro­vided.

Lu­per was asleep on the back of a flatbed pickup in the mid­dle of his shop, Lu­per’s Truck Re­pair, when five or six men dragged him off the truck, slammed him on the con­crete floor and punched him re­peat­edly in the head, Helvey told po­lice. Helvey was threat­ened and told not to in­ter­vene.

The men left in a sil­ver Ford F150 pickup. Baker was ar­rested, and the pickup was found at his home on Sil­ver Hol­low Road east of Low­ell. The case re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.




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