Suspect evades cap­ture

Po­lice: Man, 34, flees into woods in Fort Smith

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - DAVE HUGHES

FORT SMITH — A Con­way man wanted along with sev­eral oth­ers on charges of kid­nap­ping and in­tim­i­dat­ing a wit­ness in Pope County has evaded po­lice who tried to stop him in a stolen van.

Fort Smith po­lice spokesman Sgt. Daniel Grubbs said Brad Cham­bers, 34, dropped out of sight Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon af­ter of­fi­cers tried to stop a van dis­play­ing stolen tags. When the ve­hi­cle stopped, a white man wear­ing shorts and a red T-shirt fled from the van, which was stolen in Siloam Springs.

The re­lease said po­lice last saw the man run­ning into woods be­tween Arkansas 45 and U.S. 71 near the Planters Co. peanut plant in south Fort Smith.

Grubbs said Fri­day that no sight­ings of Cham­bers have been re­ported since he ran from po­lice. Cham­bers re­port­edly had been stay­ing at mo­tels in the Fort Smith area, but po­lice have not re­ceived any in­for­ma­tion about his move­ments in the area.

Law en­force­ment agen­cies sur­round­ing Fort Smith have been no­ti­fied that Cham­bers is wanted and at large, Grubbs said.

Cham­bers was charged with seven oth­ers last month with kid­nap­ping and in­tim­i­da­tion of a wit­ness in a case against Kevin Long of Rus­sel­lville, who is charged in Pope County Cir­cuit Court with ag­gra­vated as­sault and be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

Long, 22, was ac­cused of fir­ing shots at two men

May 12 in Rus­sel­lville. He is sched­uled to go on trial on the charges in Rus­sel­lville on Sept. 19, ac­cord­ing to court records.

A prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit by Rus­sel­lville po­lice of­fi­cer David Be­vis said the group of men and women kid­napped Heath Dol­lar, 28, of Atkins and Cascy Lewis, 31, of Dar­danelle be­cause they were go­ing to be wit­nesses against Long in his crim­i­nal case.

The af­fi­davit said the two were beaten and forced to sign let­ters of apol­ogy to Long be­fore they were re­leased. Af­ter Dol­lar signed his let­ter, the af­fi­davit said, the men present lined up and were al­lowed to hit Dol­lar one more time.

The af­fi­davit said the men in the line were Cham­bers; Ti­mothy Fer­gu­son, 35, of Rus­sel­lville; Ran­dall Rapp, 39, of Rus­sel­lville; Rus­sell Robin­son, 30, of Dover; Chris Ever­hart, 39, of Rus­sel­lville; and Chris Bu­ber, 32, of Dar­danelle.

Most were charged with kid­nap­ping and in­tim­i­dat­ing a wit­ness. Some also were charged with bat­tery. They are sched­uled to go on trial Jan. 15, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Also charged were Adam Mitchell, 32, of Dover and Erin Hud­son, 46, of Rus­sel­lville, but there was no men­tion of them in Be­vis’ af­fi­davit.

The on­line crim­i­nal file on Long’s case did not list Dol­lar or Lewis as wit­nesses as of Fri­day.

The af­fi­davit said San­dra Mal­lory re­ported on June 5 that her son, Dol­lar, was miss­ing and had in­for­ma­tion that he was be­ing held by Fer­gu­son. Also on June 5, Dar­danelle po­lice stopped a car oc­cu­pied by Fer­gu­son and Dol­lar.

“Dol­lar had been beaten and had a gash on his head that was bleed­ing,” Be­vis’ af­fi­davit said. “Dol­lar re­ported that he had also been stabbed.”

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, Mal­lory told po­lice her son had been re­ceiv­ing threats

from white su­prem­a­cists for pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about the case in­volv­ing Long.

Long had been ar­rested in front of Dol­lar’s home May 26, and Dol­lar re­ported to po­lice May 30 that he had been get­ting threats from white su­prem­a­cists, the af­fi­davit said.

Pros­e­cut­ing At­tor­ney David Gib­bons said Fri­day that Dol­lar and Lewis were ab­ducted by “some group that runs to­gether.” As to whether they were white su­prem­a­cists, Gib­bons said it was too early to tell their “philo­soph­i­cal di­rec­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Be­vis’ af­fi­davit, Dol­lar told po­lice that he had gone to Shiloh Park in Rus­sel­lville to meet Lewis on the night of June 4. When he pulled in, sev­eral peo­ple in ve­hi­cles sur­rounded his ve­hi­cle and be­gan pound­ing on it with base­ball bats.

They dragged him out of his car and be­gan beat­ing him, the af­fi­davit said. He and Lewis were taken to a home where they were beaten by sev­eral peo­ple, in­clud­ing Fer­gu­son and Amanda Rapp.

Rapp, 36, of Atkins, was charged with kid­nap­ping and third-de­gree bat­tery, a mis­de­meanor. Pope County sher­iff’s of­fice records showed she was ar­rested July 23 and was be­ing held in lieu of $25,000 bond.

The af­fi­davit said Fer­gu­son stabbed Dol­lar in the back of the leg and hit him in the head with a club.

“They were threat­en­ing to kill him be­cause he was a wit­ness in a case against Long,” the af­fi­davit said.

Lewis was held in a bedroom un­der guard, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. She was taken into the liv­ing room where three women — Rapp, Shan­non Spencer and April How­ell — took turns beat­ing Lewis.

Spencer, 40, of Pottsville and How­ell, 28, of Rus­sel­lville are charged with kid­nap­ping Lewis and third-de­gree bat­tery. They were be­ing held in the Pope County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond each and are sched­uled to go on trial Feb. 5, ac­cord­ing to court records.

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