Hot Springs man killed in Garland County crash

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. –  A suspect in a shooting that left two people in critical condition has been arrested, according to Hot Springs Police. 

Police say they responded to a shots fired call shortly after 3:45 Monday afternoon at the Tire Express on the 600 block of East Grand. 

According to the Hot Springs Police Department, dispatch received a 911 call Sunday from 54-year-old Robert Dark, who could be heard making a deal to purchase methamphetamine and bragging about stealing from local businesses.

Police say at the same time officers were responding to the Tire Express, the suspect, Demarion Banks, 25, of Hot Springs, pulled into the parking lot of the police department. 

As officers approached his vehicle, they reportedly saw him throwing a bag under the car. Authorities also found Wendi Barfield, 43, and Oceaonna Robinson, 29, in the vehicle with him.

Officials say during the course of the investigation and witness statements, it was determined that Banks was involved in a fight with the two victims. Police do not know what led to the fight. During the fight, police say Banks pulled out a gun and shot the other men. 

Police say Banks then pointed the gun at several bystanders and shot at a person who was not involved in the fight. 

The victims are listed in critical condition, and police say they are not being identified at this time, pending notifying family members. 

An accidental phone call to Hot Springs dispatch landed three people in jail after the caller was overheard talking about a drug deal.

Banks faces two counts of 1st Degree Battery and five counts of Aggravated Assault. He is currently being held at the Garland County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. 

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Two people are in critical condition after being shot Monday afternoon, according to the Hot Springs Police Department (HSPD).

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According to the HS Public Information Officer, two cars involved in the shooting drove to HSPD. 

"Dispatchers were listening on the 911 and overheard Robert not only bragging about numerous thefts he made at different businesses in Hot Springs but he was currently making a deal for meth," Williams told us.  

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Hot Springs Police Department (HSPD) Dispatch received an accidental 911 call on Oct. 7 from a man who was overheard bragging about stealing from various businesses in Hot Springs and making a drug deal to purchase methamphetamine. 

Williams said, "So we had a pretty good idea where he was at and earlier in the evening officers had dealt with Robert as a passenger in a vehicle. So, we kind of had an idea of what car he was going to be in."

By utilizing Smart 911 system and due to officers knowledge of what vehicle that the suspect was in, officers were able to locate Robert Dark, 54, of Hot Springs, at an Exxon located at Grand and Central Ave. 

HOT SPRINGS, Ar. (KARK) – (10/8/18) Hot Springs Police said a man admitted to stealing from 'various' stores and set up a drug buy after accidentally calling 911 Sunday night.

According to a news release, two other people were in the vehicle with Dark, Wendi Barfield, 43 and Oceaona Robinson, 29, both of Hot Springs. 

HSPD Corporal Joey Williams said, "It's definitely one of the stranger things I've seen in 18 years as a law enforcement officer."

All three face charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Dark was charged with four counts of possession. 

Barfield's bond is set at $5,000. Robinson's bond is set at $11,000, and Dark's bond is set at $12,500.


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